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South Florida Native Plant Seminar 2023


 FANN’s South Florida Native Plant Seminar of 2023 was held in the Naples Botanical Garden from October 18 – October 19, 2023. The seminar was an educational event for landscape architects, designers, installers, maintenance firms, municipalities, growers, garden centers and retailers focused on using more native plants in South Florida landscapes. It offered continuing education, a new professional micro credential, and networking opportunities with FANN members who possess decades of experience.

Around 100 industry professionals showed up and participated on both days making this a highly successful event. Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, attendees, and volunteers for making this possible! This was truly a great learning and networking experience for those involved. It was an eventful two days. We hope to see you at the next FANN Seminar!

All Photos by Mala Dodge


There were a variety of activities planned during the seminar, ranging from different guided garden walks, various presentations on native plants and sustainability, from knowledgeable speakers, and productive networking breaks.


Pruning South Florida Native Trees and Shrubs by Donna Corbelli Castro

Marco Island Native Makeovers: Manicured to Natural by Eryk S. Jadaszewksi

The Need for Natives Now by Ellin Goetz

Looking Ahead: Native Plants and Climate Change by Chad Washburn 

Beach Dune Habitat Management and Seagrape Pruning by Robert H. Barron

 Rooted in Resiliency: Minimizing Our Footprint with Florida Native Plants by Brian Bovard

After Ian: Native Plant Performance by Stephen Brown, Jenny Evans, Nick Ewy, Jared Franklin, Heather Shields 

Twelve Shapely Native Plants For South Florida by Janine Griffiths

South Florida Landscapes of the Future Guidance from the Biodiversity and Restoration Sectors by George D. Gann

Elements of a Dune Comprehensive Dune Maintenance Plan by Robert H. Barron




Naples Botanical Garden

McKeithen Growers

Native Plant Horticulture Foundation


Earth Balance

Sebastian River Farms

Fish Branch Tree Farm

FGCU The Water School

Everglades Native Designs

Landert Landscape Design

Site One Landscape Supply

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Sunbelt Rentals

Florida Wildflower Foundation

Native Tree Nursery

Betrock’s Plant Search

Photos of some of our amazing sponsors and their booths