UF/IFAS Partnership at Hastings


This 64-acre Hastings Downtown Facility uses “living” displays to show builders, developers, planners, and residents how Florida-friendly landscaping and Low Impact Development (LID) can reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use while increasing groundwater recharge.



The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods demonstration landscape surrounding the Hastings facility will feature five model Florida-friendly landscapes as well as examples of Florida-friendly plants, mulch, and pervious pavers.




Additional features will include a cistern to collect roof runoff, a sample green roof, and an irrigation display. Visitors will park on a variety of permeable surfaces that allow rainwater to flow through the landscape instead of across it.





Research at Hastings will focus on how various landscape management practices impact the quantity and quality of surface runoff and groundwater.