Step by Step to a Florida Native Yard

Classroom A

Have a small yard filled with non-native plants? Eager to cut down on the use of chemicals and water in your landscape? Wondering how to begin to transform it to a more natural system supporting birds, pollinators and other wildlife?

This workshop will help you get started on your own personal sustainable landscape transformation project.┬áLearn how to think about your property’s potential for ecological function and different strategies for transforming your property into a resilient, working ecosystem that supports birds, pollinators and you.

This is a basic session oriented to the home gardener, using insights from ecology, gardening and art to motivate change in home landscape design and maintenance. The instructor uses a formal presentation, based on her popular book by the same title, available for purchase at the show, and a hands-on workshop format. Attendees will work with a sample layout and grid system for a basic native landscape, using a 1/3 acre lot example.

Bring photos of your landscape, a full plan drawing if you have one or just a birds-eye view quick sketch. You can use these in the workshop and when asking questions of the instructor and nursery and landscape professionals exhibiting at the show.

80-minute presentation 35-minute hands-on workshop 20-minute open question & answer session about using native plants in the landscape


  • Why natives — the importance of native plants and ecological gardening
  • Assessing your property
  • Choosing which plants to keep and which to remove
  • How design affects the selection and arrangement of plants and other landscape features
  • The pros and cons of transforming to a native landscape in stages vs. all at once
  • Stormwater and how to sequester more rainwater
  • Shorelines and planting to protect nearby waterways
  • Woody and herbaceous plants
  • Human-use and wild areas, and how to add habitat to your lanscape
  • Landscape poisons
  • Dealing with HOAs & government organizations

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CEUs) for industry professionals attending this workshop

Florida DBPR Board of Landscape Architecture Course #0011048, 1 optional CE, provider #0005309

ISA Certified Arborists: Certified Arborists: 2.25 | Municipal Specialist: 2.25 BCMA – Management: 2.25 | TW Climber Specialist: 2.25 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 2.25   FNGLA Certified Horticulture & Landscape Professionals: 2 credits
Design Garden/Landscape ISA Cert Arborist LA CE credits