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Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Wildflower meadow
Photo by Florida Assoc. Native Nurseries

Florida – The Land of Flowers

Ponce de Leon named Florida in 1512. “La Florida,” he called this land, Spanish for flowery, covered with flowers, or abounding in flowers. Yet our landscapes of today are mostly green masses of foreign lawns, shrubs and trees. It brings to mind the song “Where have all the flowers gone”?

 

Foreign Designs and Bad Development Practices

Foreign designs and bad development practices have covered our native wildflowers and environments with foreign (exotic) lawns, shrubs and trees. These non-Florida landscapes are causing air, noise and water pollution and hurting our health. Our main source of drinking water is being exhausted. Native plants and animals are going extinct.

 

Create an Environmentally-Friendly Landscape

Wildflower meadow replaces lawn
Photo by: Agi Kehoe

For a healthier landscape that will support our native plants and animals and reduce pollution, use the tips below to create an environmentally-friendly landscape.

  • First, figure out your site conditions (dry, wet, seasonally wet; sun, part sun, shade; alkaline or acidic soil; available space, etc).