FALL 2021 UF REAL FLORIDA LANDSCAPES DESIGN CHALLENGE

Ashley Pike, Real Florida Landscapes Design Challenge award winner

Before this project, I had just been exposed to Florida-friendly landscaping™ principles. Native plants were the “better option when possible” was all I knew. It really helped, being forced to look at native options and dive into it. It’s really cool to see that natives connect to a place. [Now] I definitely know that good…

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Fall 2021 FIU Real Florida Landscapes Design Challenge

Mitzi Napoles selfie

Before this project, I was unaware of the importance of the type of plant chosen and where it is placed in a design. Very few people know how important native plants are, and the connection these plants have with the environment and wildlife. I know now. And I am without question inspired and motivated to…

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Go Native: the Business of Native Plants

Go Native the Business of Native Plants Podcast

a new podcast for those curious about starting a career or business with native plants with host Mitzy Sosa About our podcast Go Native is the first podcast to focus exclusively on what it takes to make it in the native plant industry, what is involved in running a native plant business and the many…

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Fall 2020 Real Florida Design Challenge

Most of us [students] don’t have the experience of seeing the plants in person, seeing how they perform in the landscape, really knowing what they look like and what they need. Looking plants up online and reading about them is not enough. We need to see more installed landscapes. It would be nice to have…

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Fall 2019 Real Florida Design Challenge

We need to sell the beauty and resiliency of Real Florida. It’s an easy out to use known palettes that keep getting repeated. I want to know and include native plants that will work and support the ecosystem. Isabella A. Guttuso, Fall 2019 Real Florida Design Challenge Award Winner Isabella Guttuso‘s design for a 100-year…

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Spring 2019 Real Florida Design Challenge

The more I learn about the profession, the more my desire grows like wildfire. Landscape architecture is the keystone discipline that enables the innovative and sound designs of the future. My goal is to always educate the public about the benefits of native plants as well as to promote the use of native plants in…

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