Follow Us On Twitter

July 25, 2009 by Rick


If you believe what New York Times has to say then Twitter is a worthwhile way to share your message with other Floridians interested in successful Florida Friendly Gardening. So now we tweet. Email and RSS updates you can get from the tabs at the top of this page are great. A quick sentence to tell you our new information and a link if your interested can't be bad either. To each his own.

I follow P. Allen Smith for new garden plants and many other garden and nursery writers and bloggers for one line of text that links to trends, new ideas and new plants to try. You may want to follow Barack Obama, Larry King, Bono or Britney Spears. I hope you get our tweets.

Florida Friendly Landscaping Gets More Traction in Tallahassee

April 16, 2009 by Rick

HB 593 by Rep. Debbie Boyd / SB 2530 by Sen. Carey Baker.  This legislation codifies Florida-friendly landscaping as the guiding principle for water conservation and healthy landscapes. The bill also provides additional recognition to the FNGLA-supported IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology.  Lastly, the bill strengthens the protections provided to homeowners wishing to install Florida-friendly landscapes.

SB 274 by Sen. Lee Constantine.  This bill was unanimously approved by his Environmental Preservation & Conservation Committee this week.  A “strike everything” version of the bill – vastly different from what was originally filed – was proposed. 

This version would apply to all first- and second-magnitude springs in the state – not just the pilot program on four springs as originally envisioned.  All counties with such springs would be designated as spring protection zones.  The bill imposes strict new standards on effluent and wastewater systems and establishes Total Maximum Daily Loads and Basin Management Plans for springs. “Florida Friendly Landscape” techniques and agricultural Best Management Practices are also targeted in the bill.  There is no companion bill in the House.


The Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association Director Ben Bolusky met recently with the Legislature and Governor Crist on activities that Promote Florida Friendly Landscaping and protect the environment.

Floral Designs from Top German and Dutch Florists

February 5, 2009 by Rick

60000 people attend the worlds largest professional horticulture trade fair each year in Germany to see the latest in plants, equipment and tools for all segments of the industry. Here is what the leading florists are demonstrating.


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