Florida-Friendly Landscaping Awards recognize environmental stewards

The 2021 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Awards recognized another round of leaders in applying the program’s principles and educating others on making environmentally conscious changes to their landscapes.

The awards were divided into four categories: nine landscape awards, which recognize the adoption of environmentally sound landscape, irrigation and management policies that include FFL principles; two awards in photo categories; four awards honoring industry partners and ambassadors; and 10 educational and program awards, which recognize individuals who have made exceptional efforts in supporting the FFL program through research, projects, and/or other activities. Some categories were so strong that two recipients were honored.

“Each year, more and more Floridians make the decision to adopt Florida-Friendly practices in their home and commercial landscapes,” said Esen Momol, director of the UF/IFAS FFL program. “This awards program is not only a recognition of their individual successes and dedication, but it also highlights the value their practices are contributing to preserving our natural resources.”

The awards are biennial and seek nominations in the fall; the next call for submissions will be in late 2023.

“Although this is only the second time we’ve held this awards program, we expanded the categories to recognize even more of the accomplishments of those who adopt FFL practices or share them with others,” said Claire Lewis, state coordinator of Florida-Friendly Communities within the FFL program.

Learn more about the 9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and how you can apply practices to your own landscape at FloridaFriendlyLandscaping.com.

The categories and winners are listed below. Read more about their winning entries and view photos.

Landscape Awards

  • Outstanding Residential Landscape: Two winners, Pilar Londono in Coral Springs and Rios Residence in Wilton Manors
  • FFL New Construction (new residential or commercial landscape): FNGLA Frontrunners Chapter, Bell Middle & High School
  • Edible Landscape: UF/IFAS Extension Marion County FFL Edible Ornamental Demonstration Garden
  • Community Garden: Seeds of Faith Community Garden in Brandon.
  • Municipal Landscape: City of Vero Beach, City Hall
Florida-Friendly plantings outside Vero Beach’s City Hall. (submitted photo)
  • Outstanding FFL Community: Elysium Homeowners Association in Clearwater
  • FFL Demonstration Garden: Gato Wildflower Demonstration Garden in Key West
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Applied Sciences 5th Street in Palmetto
  • Residential Green Stormwater Infrastructure: McFarlane Residence in Brandon

Photo Contest

  • FFL Photo of the Year – Mature Landscape: Alence Residence in Lithia
  • FFL Photo of the Year – Before & After: Two winners, Deerfield Oasis in Deerfield Beach (see submitted photos at top) and Jason Residence in Bradenton

FFL Partner and Ambassador Awards

Educational & Program Awards


Posted: February 17, 2022

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Awards, Florida-friendly Landscaping

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