University of Florida IFAS
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Director
University of Florida faculty affiliations
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Environmental Horticulture Academic Department Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology
The 2009 Florida Legislature found that Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) serves a compelling public interest in water conservation, protection, and restoration and that participation by homeowner associations and local governments is essential, and that deed restrictions or local ordinances may not prohibit FFL use by homeowners.
FFL is the emphasis of Esen’s extension program at the University of Florida, where she has served as FFL program director for over ten years. FFL is a partnership between UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The program teaches science-based management practices directly to homeowners and landscaping professionals; practices that not only save water and reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, but save money by preventing surface and ground water contamination.
Prior to coming to the FFL program, Esen worked as an environmental scientist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Esen has been a research scientist and university professor since 1992, with appointments at the University of Florida, Cornell University and Akdeniz University Antalya in Turkey.
Ph.D. in Plant Pathology,, University of Florida M.S. in Plant Pathology, University of Florida B.S. in Pharmacy, University of Ege Izmir, Turkey
Water quality and quantity are critical environmental issues in Florida and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) program strives to provide science-based information for the design and maintenance of landscapes that preserve water quality and quantity. This session reviews how landscapes affect water quality; the main components of a Florida-Friendly landscape; how maintenance plays a role in […]