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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Downtown Orlando garden receives a Florida-Friendly makeover

path through garden in downtown Orlando

On Wednesday, the downtown garden at the Orange County Administration building received a makeover. The new installment includes more than 17 species of native plants that will boost pollinator visits to the site and increase… Read More

A healthy lawn using less water? UF/IFAS can show you how

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This summer, UF/IFAS Extension agents across central Florida will host free weekly webinars aimed to help residents maintain a healthy lawn and conserve one of Florida’s most valuable resource, water. “The average residential irrigation cycle… Read More

New Florida-Friendly plant app guides you to the right plants for a sustainable landscape

As you’re finishing your spring planting, you can use a new, free UF/IFAS tool to help select the right native and ornamental plants and turf for a resilient, sustainable Florida landscape. The UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping… Read More

Want to grow your own vegetable garden? New UF/IFAS guide helps estimate costs, savings

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One third of all U.S. households participate in some type of food gardening with vegetable gardening being the most common type. UF/IFAS Extension agents from throughout the Sunshine State have released a guide to help… Read More

Want to help insects? Create flower ‘billboards’ in your landscape, new research says

Blanketflower with bee. Photo credit: Geena Hill

Insect populations are declining. New research from University of Florida gives homeowners new guidance on how to maximize their landscape’s benefit to insects. Grouping flowering plant species together in a mass of color creates a… Read More

Conserve water and help the planet with free webinars from UF/IFAS Extension

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Celebrate Water Conservation Month with free UF/IFAS Extension webinars that will help reduce water consumption, save money and help the planet. “Conserving water is the most important action that we can take to sustain our… Read More

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

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) celebrates its 28th birthday this month, giving the state’s residents ways to install and maintain great yards — while preserving the environment.[/inlinetweet] Kicking off in February 1993 with a… 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