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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program marks 28th year of protecting Florida’s waters

Kicking off in February 1993 with a $75,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), UF/IFAS and FDEP partnered to form FFL. “With that first grant — for a pilot project around Sarasota… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS – Dr. Norma Samuel

Norma Samuel in a field holding eggplants

Name: Dr. Norma Samuel Position: Associate District Extension Director, Central District Extension Agent IV, Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Urban Horticulture UF-IFAS Extension, Sumter County Current city: Resides in Ocala, but office location is The Villages Hometown:… Read More

What’s in store for 2021? UF/IFAS experts predict food and garden trends

Food and garden trends

No one could have predicted the kind of year 2020 has been. But in late 2019, when UF/IFAS experts were asked to predict the top food and garden trends for the coming year, they made… Read More

‘Flip My Florida Yard’ TV show coming to Seminole County

red and white flowers along a paver pathway

‘Flip My Florida Yard’ is coming to a backyard near you. Ten homeowners across eight Florida counties were chosen to have their yard “flipped” into a Florida-Friendly paradise – three of them in Seminole County…. Read More

Florida Master Gardener Volunteers help youth grow up Florida-Friendly

Florida students can now learn the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) — guidelines that help yards thrive and protect Florida’s waterways — from a new illustrated book, thanks to UF/IFAS Florida Master Gardener Volunteers…. Read More

Apply now to get your yard ‘flipped’ to be Florida-Friendly

Wish your home had a Florida-Friendly landscape? You can apply now for the chance to get your yard “flipped” on a TV and web program called “Flip My Florida Yard.” The goal is to make… Read More

Master Gardener training cultivates new volunteers through virtual learning

DAVIE, Fla. – You can’t stop the Master Gardeners from learning. Amid social distancing brought on by COVID-19 and just as Master Gardeners hit their peak training season, UF/IFAS Extension Broward County program administrators and… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

UFIFAS Extension Dean Nick Place

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More

Homeowners and Educators Honored at First Florida-Friendly Landscaping Awards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The first-ever Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Awards Celebration, held Oct. 20, recognized leaders in applying the program’s principles and in educating others on the program. The awards were divided into two categories: seven… Read More

UF Study: Wildflowers on Golf Courses Help Pollinators, Save Resources

A new study from the University of Florida/IFAS shows that planting wildflowers on golf courses not only benefits pollinating insects but also saves time and resources. “Putting wildflowers on golf courses to help pollinators isn’t… Read More