Getting ready for Mandarin Garden Club's Trash to Treasure Sale starting Friday, October 1st, at 9 a.m.
Taking a break after a busy morning -
Suzanne Harper, Dogwood Circle, has been given the Florida-Friendly Landscape Recognition Award for her Florida friendly landscape.
The award given by University of Florida IFAS Extension. The program requires its awardees to meet a stringent set of rules in order to qualify.
On their website they discuss the requirements of a Florida Friendly Landscape -
"The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Program recognizes landscapes that use sustainable landscaping practices. Florida-Friendly landscapes minimize the use of potable water for irrigation, avoid the runoff of excess fertilizers and pesticides from the landscape, and provide habitats for wildlife. They can take any form, from more traditional to more natural. It's how the landscape is designed and maintained that ultimately determines if it's Florida-Friendly.
Recognitions are offered for three different categories of landscapes: Home, Commercial, and New Construction. Landscapes are evaluated based on a checklist of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices. Florida-Friendly landscapes receive a yard sign to display and a certificate for the recognition at either silver or gold level." https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/about-ffl/landscape-recognition/#d.en.836419
Suzanne's garden is only the second one to receive the coveted Gold Level in the last 5 years.