Designations and Awards

Florida-Friendly Landscape Designation of New Construction and Large Properties

Award Winning Home Landscape Photo

Planned and Newly Constructed Communities

For new developments with homeowners associations, the developer must incorporate the Model Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, implement the Florida-Friendly principles through the restrictions, and pass a followup inspection approximately two years following opening of the community to keep the Florida-Friendly designation. For the model restrictions, please visit the
Community Associations and Property Managers page.

Checklist for Newly Constructed Commercial, Governmental, Multi-family and Single-family

The  Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Checklist for New Construction for commercial, governmental, and multi-family new construction (apartments, condominiums, and single family homes) is now available. There are two levels of designation: Silver and Gold.

Existing Communities

Homeowner associations and condominiums: You can set an attractive Florida-Friendly example for your residents! Make sure your common areas are Florida-Friendly. And you can follow the “Existing Communities” provisions of the Model Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. Also see the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Architectural Review Board Considerations. You will find both on the Community Associations and Property Managers page.

Florida Communities of Excellence Awards

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program has partnered with the Florida Community Association Journal’s Florida Communities of Excellence Awards to recognize established communities that take steps toward incorporating Florida-Friendly practices. Be sure to enter your community! For the status on the awards cycle, visit the Florida Communities of Excellence website.

Past winners in the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ category:

2014 Award-Winning Communities: 2013 Award-Winning Communities: 2012 Award-Winning Communities: 2011 Award-Winning Communities:


Former Florida-Friendly Awards Program

Below are Florida-Friendly Communities recognized under a former Florida-Friendly awards program.

2008 Award-Winning Communities:

2007 Award-Winning Communities:

2006 Award-Winning Communities:
  • Willowbend, Lee Wetherington Homes - Sarasota County
  • Lake Jovita, Lake Jovita Joint Venture - Pasco County
  • River Forest, King Ranch Manatee - Manatee County
  • Vista Cove Condominiums, Drunna Properties - St. John's County


Additional Recognition Programs

When you create a Florida-Friendly landscape, you are eligible to receive points towards numerous other award and recognition programs. Your local extension agent can help you review the criteria for these programs.

National, State and Local Publicity

  • Bob Vila Home Again TV Show
  • Florida Green Building Coalition
  • Florida Home Builders Association
  • Harbor Style Magazine
  • PR Web
  • Tampa Tribune
  • Bradenton Herald
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune
  • The Lakeland Ledger