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Seagrape trees grow across a stretch of boardwalk. Natural arbors are enchanting and can provide much needed shade. But be sure to see the forest for the trees ...

About Seagrape pruning and maintaining dune ecosystems

Sometimes you need to cut down or burn native trees and other vegetation to give more native plants a chance. Ecosystems are all about diversity and in our fragmented landscapes, management by we the humans is a must to maintain […]

FANN sponsored Flip My Florida Yard TV pilot

This is a short trailer. See full pilot at FANN is proud to have collaborated with our conservation partner Florida Wildflower Foundation in sponsoring the first pilot production for the new reality TV show, Flip My Florida Yard, produced […]

2017 Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition Award Winners

Real Florida Landscapes: a history of award winners

From 2013-2017, FANN sponsored the Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition. During that time, we received 59 submissions from both professionals and students. This page lists the winners for each year. In 2018, FANN collaborated with the Native Plant Horticulture Foundation […]

Wildflower area along Florida Turnpike in Broward County. Photo courtesy of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, Florida Department of Transportation.

Economic Impact of using more native plants on our roadways

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released a study in March 2014 concluding that roadside vegetation in the state highway system should be viewed as an asset, the value of which can be greatly improved through the use of sustainable […]


CEU Course: Right Plants, Right Place — All Native

Course Description and Objective This course serves as an introduction to selecting and using native plants in urban landscapes. Instructor provides a working definition and parameters of what is considered a “native landscape” in context of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ […]

Retrofit landscape for upscale residence in Volusia County. Design by David Drylie, Green Images Native Landscape Plants.

Introduction to Florida Native Plant Selection

Correspondence Course for Professionals in the Real Florida Landscapes™ CEU Series For landscape architects, designers, installers and maintenance professionals. Learn and earn continuing education credits from the comfort of your home or office, at your own pace. Benefit from practical, […]

Florida Freshwater Marsh Elevation Drawing

Xeric Landscaping with Florida Native Plants – back in print

In 1991, FANN (then AFNN) published the Xeric Guide to Landscaping with Florida Native Plants book that promotes the use of the Davis Vegetation Map of Florida’s native plant communities as a framework for plant selection. FANN modified the map’s […]

Customers in wildflower area of native nursery field

Tips on Selecting Florida Native Plants

When selecting native plants, there are a few important factors that can “make or break” a project’s success. Availability More native plants are available than ever before, but many are still limited in availability, and considerable time is often required […]

Central Florida Sandhill in the Making

Even More About Native Plant Communities

Compared to other states, Florida has a rich variety of native plant communities, including beach dunes, maritime forests, pine flatwoods, sandhills and scrubs, hammocks, marshes and prairies. These communities occur as a function of soil type and fertility, drainage, exposure […]

About the Plant Communities Map

Broward County is one of Florida’s most heavily urbanized areas. Yet it was probably one of the most botanically diverse, with more than a dozen different native plant communities, as shown on this close-up view of the Plant Communities map. […]