UF/IFAS FFL Program Statewide Florida-Friendly Communities Coordinator, Clair Lewis, spoke to Passionflower members and supporters on March 10th. Her presentation included very interesting (and sometimes surprising) research and focus group data about water usage, yard task labor, and landscape preferences developed for educational activities with homeowners, developers, HOAs, and landscaping companies. She also shared some of the features of the updated UF/IFAS website including a very useful Florida-Friendly Plant Guide (which includes a lot of native plants and allows searching by zip code and plant form) and tips (and layouts) for Butterfly Gardens and identifying butterflies. Some of the educational materials Claire mentioned are posted on our Resources Page.
One conclusion of the research Claire presented was that concern focused on maintenance, not just the type of plants. Our program on Saturday, May 8th will address "Maintaining a Florida Native Yard".
If you missed the program watch the Legislation and Talking Points for Native Landscaping recording.