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Gaillardia pulchella

Gaillardia pulchella not native? R.I.P. Florida-friendly Blanketflower

FANN continued to list this plant through 2021 and in the 2022 Native Plant & Service Directory. However, effective April 2022, Gaillardia pulchella will no longer be listed as a Florida native in any of our resources. This species is not […]

Mike Kenton, owner of Environmental Equities, died in 2009. He left us all a legacy of conservation and love of native plants.

Blast from the past: Mike Kenton, Environmental Equities

Memorial for Mike, printed in 2009-10 Native Plant & Service Directory, when “FANN” still went by “AFNN”. Michael Wayne “Mike” Kenton (April 17, 1945 – July 14, 2009) AFNN mourns the loss of a very special and long-time member, Mike […]

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 […]

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 […]

Asclepias humistrata, Sandhill Milkweed

Native Milkweed Research Update

The following information provided by Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Lepidoptera, University of Florida IFAS Assistant Professor of Entomology, Florida Museum of Natural History Every year as fall approaches, millions of monarch butterflies throughout eastern North America make […]