Planning and Planting Bok Tower’s Native Gardens

Classroom B

This session provides practical, experience-based insights into the preparation process and methods needed to install the relatively new large native garden and meadow projects at Bok Tower Gardens. The session will review the planning steps taken to design large-scale sandhill, flatwoods, wet prairie, and bog wildflower plantings on old sandhill garden areas.


Florida DBPR Board of Landscape Architecture Course # 0011358, 1 optional CE.

FNGLA: 1 credit for FNGLA certified horticulture and landscape professionals.


  • Exploration of planning decisions
  • Soil considerations for each ecosystem
  • Weed control ahead of planting
  • Spacing decisions
  • Water and irrigation needs for each ecosystem
  • Mulching
  • Interseeding
  • Blending with existing sandhill
  • Species selections
  • Species search, growing plants, buying, digging
  • Preparing soils, lining bog, filling with peat and sand
  • Planting, seeding, mulching
  • Maintaining the gardens
This session sponsored by the Wildflower Seed and Plant Growers Association. Wildflower Seed & Plant Growers Association Cooperative Pine Sponsor Native Plant Show
Design Garden/Landscape LA CE credits