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Gardeners & Homeowners

Real Florida Landscapes Professional Development and Continuing Education

Get the knowledge you need to succeed with Florida Native Plants.
Practical, experience based courses for industry professionals.

FANN’s Real Florida Landscapes™ CEU Series serves industry professionals in the horticulture, landscape and restoration industries.

  • Landscape Architects
    FANN is licensed as a continuing education provider by the State of Florida Board of Landscape Architecture (provider license #0005309). LAs registered in other states have also received credit for our courses.
  • Community Association Managers
    FANN is licensed as a continuing education provider by the State of Florida Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers (provider license #0005309).
  • Landscape Designers, including those certified by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers
  • Landscape design, installation and maintenance professionals, including FNGLA Certified Professionals
  • Arborists, including Florida Chapter ISA certified professionals

Need credits from another organization? FANN will be pleased to partner with credentialing organizations on your behalf. Just let us know.

Most courses focus on how to select, use and maintain Florida native plants. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of:

PLANT AESTHETICS, including ornamental landscape form, design function and sense of place
ECOLOGICAL ROLES to enhance & restore ecosystem functions such as water storage & filtering, wildlife attraction and carbon sequestration
PLANT PERFORMANCE based on decades of professionally observed effectiveness, adaptability and local ecotype variation in a different settings.
CONTRIBUTION TO SUSTAINABILITY in landscapes that use less energy, water, fertilizer and pesticides; generate less waste; preserve biodiversity and yield satisfying aesthetic, ecological and economic returns on investment.

FANN is always interested in course topics including but not limited to the following:

  • best practices in the selection, use and maintenance of native plants
  • available but underutilized native landscape plants
  • native plants for specific ecosystems and geographic regions
  • native plants for urban landscape settings and other challenging conditions including constructed meadows, ponds, bioswales, green roofs, roadsides and medians, residential yards, container gardens, parking lots, shaded areas
  • native plants for upland, wetland and coastal restoration and mitigation
  • native plants to attract and support pollinators and other wildlife
  • edible and medicinal native plants for landscapes and specialty gardens
  • special projects and lessons learned from professional use of native plants
  • integrated pest management and biocontrols for plant production or landscape maintenance.
  • novel uses of native plants to support sustainable agriculture, green building design, interior foliage, florists and regional specialty foods.


Classes should tightly focus on the selection, use or maintenance of native plants in ornamental landscapes or restoration areas. Instructors are expected, based on their experience and research, to provide detailed plant selection, use and maintenance information appropriate for industry professionals. Classes may be live or online. FANN reserves the right to record or live stream selected courses.

Course instructors are welcome to acknowledge their organizations and provide contact information to attendees. Course sponsors are designated by FANN. Sponsors underwrite the seminar series and will be given exclusive sponsor privileges such as signage and speaker introductions.

FANN instructors are chosen for their extensive practical, professional experience with Florida native plants and landscapes. Instructors are responsible for developing and delivering their course. FANN coordinates all administrative, logistical and promotional details.


FANN has been the leader in native plant availability and use since 1986, when industry pioneers in native plant horticulture, restoration and landscape came together to form one of the first native plant trade associations in the country. Our professional members and established relationships with additional experts in the Florida University system, including the University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty, plus the Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Wildflower Seed & Plant Growers Association, and other public agencies and private companies enable us to draw on a huge pool of highly qualified instructional talent.

In certain cases, FANN may be able to provide instructors with lodging, transportation expenses, a modest stipend or other resources. Please inquire.


  • 10 Easy Wildflowers
  • Best Native Plants for South Florida Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens
  • Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivisions
  • Creating Pollinator Habitat in Our Living spaces
  • Creating Wildflower Meadows & Gardens by Planting and Seeding
  • Creating Wildflower Meadows & Other Native Ecosystems In the Urban Landscape
  • Cultivars, Clones and Genetic Diversity
  • Florida Honeybee Protection in the Ornamental Landscape
  • Florida Native Palms
  • Great Under-Utilized Florida Native Plants
  • Intro to Florida Native Plant Selection, a self-paced correspondence course
  • Landscaping for Pollinators
  • Lawns to Native Plants: Getting Results
  • Maintaining the Native Landscape
  • Native Plant Adaptations Survival of the Fittest
  • Native Plant Insect Pests Identification & Control
  • Native Plant Landscapes & Lessons Learned
  • Native Plant Landscapes for Wildlife
  • Native Plant Landscaping for Shady Places
  • Native Plants and Beneficial Insects: Key to Sustainable Landscapes
  • Native plants for Coastal Landscapes
  • Native Plants for Stormwater Ponds: Preferences, Perceptions & Plants
  • Native Trees & Shrubs for Central & North Florida: Zones 8-9
  • Native Trees & Shrubs for Central & South Florida: Zones 9-11
  • Native Trees, Shrubs & Wildflowers for South Florida: Zones 10-11
  • Native Wildflowers & Grasses for Central & North Florida: Zones 8-9
  • Natives vs. Invasives: Good Substitutions for the Nasties
  • Plant Perceptions and Characteristics that Influence Use: HOAs vs. Homeowners
  • Right Plants, Right Place — All Native
  • Simply Sabals-Florida Native Sabals
  • Ten Easy Wildflowers for Bees and Butterflies
  • UF IFAS Assessment, Landscape Alternatives