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Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program

Florida Friendly Landscaping
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Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program

Homeowner Webinar Series


FFL's webinars for homeowners and residents provide science-based information from UF/IFAS experts to help your Florida landscape thrive while caring for the environment.

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2024 Webinar Schedule

Date Webinar Topic Description
January 16 Fairy Gardens - Eva Pabon Gardening is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby, but the fairies add some extra magic to your garden. 
February 20 The Story of the Ghost Orchid - Dr. Michael Kane The ghost orchid is one of the rarest orchids in the world! Its striking white flower resembles a wavering ghost.
March 19 Top 16 Household Plants - Liz Felter
Indoor plants are nature’s air filter. This presentation will focus on the plants that are most likely to be successful.
April 16 Florida's Water: Today and Tomorrow - Yilin Zhuang Explore Florida's water with us and learn how you can play a part in preserving it for the future.
May 21 Eco-lawns and Groundcovers - Brooke Moffis Explore the innovative, sustainable landscaping practice of eco-lawns and groundcovers. Create beautiful, resilient landscapes that contribute to a healthier planet.
May 22 Special Webinar Presentation:  Backyards and Beyond! - Travis Blunden Learn ways to improve your backyard bird identification skills and how FWC programs can both encourage and guide you on the path to becoming a better naturalist.
June 18 Nature Journaling - Alyssa Vinson This program will provide you with an introduction to the skills and methods of journaling and how journaling can help you in the garden.
July 16 Foodscaping - Amanda Marek
Foodscaping is the artful combination of edible plants with non-edible ornamental plants. Learn how to create your own beautiful, bountiful Florida-Friendly foodscape.
August 20 Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) for Homeowners - Claire Lewis By embracing GSI communities can foster resilient infrastructure, reduce strain on traditional stormwater systems, and contribute to the overall conservation of natural resources. 
September 17 Beginning Hydroponics - Jeremy Rhoden
Hydroponics grow crops 3-4 times faster than traditional growing, using less water, fertilizers, pesticides (if any), and less land. 
October 15 Residential Irrigation Overview - Deirdre Irwin Learn tips to retrofit a poor irrigation system and what an efficient irrigation system should include.  
November 19 Ask an Expert - Panelists TBD
Throughout the year questions will be gathered from the audience. A panel will address the most popular topics.
December 17 Basics of Plant Propagation - Bart Schutzman  Plant structure and physiology relative to propagation: seeds, cuttings, layering, tissue culture and how to accomplish some of this at home.

 


Recorded Webinars

Special Webinar Presentation:  Backyards and Beyond! - May 22, 2024
Travis Blunden - Learn ways to improve your backyard bird identification skills and how FWC programs can both encourage and guide you on the path to becoming a better naturalist.

Eco-lawns and Groundcovers - May 21, 2024
Brooke Moffis - Create beautiful, resilient landscapes that contribute to a healthier planet.

Florida's Water: Today and Tomorrow - April 16, 2024
Yilin Zhuang - Explores Florida's water with us. Learn how you can play a part in preserving it for the future.

A woman in apron and gloves planting a small plant in a pot.

Top 16 Household Plants - March 12, 2024
Liz Felter - Indoor plants are nature’s air filter. This presentation will focus on the plants that are most likely to be successful.

A thin and ghostly white flower against a dark background.

The Story of the Ghost Orchid - February 20, 2024
Dr. Michael Kane - The ghost orchid is one of the rarest orchids in the world! Its striking white flower resembles a wavering ghost.

Whimsical tiny houses in a garden setting

Fairy Gardens - January 16, 2024
Eva Pabon - Learn how to build a tiny garden that may attract some small magical creatures.

cluster of thin, purple flowers before a backdrop of green stems and leaves.

Bulbs for Florida November 14, 2023
Tom Wichman - Discover some new and many old favorites to try in your Florida-Friendy Landscape.

A fenced-in sand dune with oats behind the fence

Managing Salinity in the Landscape - October 17, 2023
Don Rainey - Defines "salinity" and provides guidance on monitoring, measuring, managing and mitigating soil salinity.

Muscadine grapes on the vine

Small Edibles for Small Spaces - September 19, 2023
Amanda Marek - Explains how to grow small edibles for small spaces.

Trees in a yard in the afternoon sun

After the Storm Tree Care – August 15, 2023
Mike Orfanedes - Tips and techniques for preventing tree damage before a hurricane hits.

Florida Turf Update - July 18, 2023
AJ Lindsey - This presentation discusses Turfgrass Research and Breeding Varieties.

Organic Pesticide Safety - June 20, 2023
Brett Bultemeier - Defines the term pesticide, explains the importance of information on labels and helps Florida residence understand when to use pesticides in their landscapes. 

Ethnobotany - May 16, 2023 
Jim Davis - This presentation discusses native plants and their ethnobotanical uses.

Stormwater Ponds - April 18, 2023
Michelle Atkinson -  Environmental Horticulture Agent with the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Manatee County.

Soil Testing Kits - March 21, 2023
Dr. Bryan Unruh - Professor and Associate Center Director, Environmental Horticulture Department, UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center

Mulch - February 21, 2023
Dr. Chris Marble - Assistant professor of ornamental and landscape weed management

Shade Gardening in Florida - January 17, 2023
Hannah Wooten - Commercial Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County

FFL Flip My Florida Yard Before & After - November 17, 2022
Tom Wichman - UF/IFAS FFL Program Asst Director & GI-BMP Coordinator

Lethal Bronzing and Alternative Palms – September 20, 2022
Dr. Brian Bahder - UF/IFAS Insect Vector Ecology

Gardening for Bees - August 16, 2022
Dr. Rachel Mallinger - UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology
Plant Explorers - July 19, 2022
Erin Alvarez - UF/IFAS Landscape Horticulture
Design with Intent - June 21, 2022
Dr. Taylor Clem - UF/IFAS Extension
Youth Gardening - May 17, 2022
Eva Pabon - UF/IFAS Extension
Pruning for the Homeowner - March 15, 2022
Jamielyn Daugherty, UF/IFAS Extension 
Common Toxic and Wicked Plants - February 15, 2022
Dr. Chris Marble, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture
Gardening for Birds - January 18, 2022
Jim Davis, Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County
Native Plant Propagation - December 7, 2021
Dr. Sandy Wilson, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture
Introduction to Efficient Irrigation - November 16, 2021
Laura Vasquez, Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension
Tea: A Horticultural and Ethnobotanical Perspective - October 19, 2021
Dr. Bart Schutzman, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture 
How to Hire a Landscape Professional - September 21, 2021
Tom Wichman, GI-BMP Statewide Coordinator, UF/IFAS FFL
Fall Vegetable Gardening - August 17, 2021
Dr. Norma Samuel, Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Sumter County
Basil Breeding at the University of Florida - July 20, 2021
Dr. David Clark, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture
How to Attract Wildlife to Your Yard - June 15, 2021
Lynn Barber, Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County 
So You Say You're Florida-Friendly? Addressing Misconceptions and Finding Solutions - May 19, 2021
Dr. Esen Momol, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Director; Tina McIntyre, Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County; Claire Lewis, Florida-Friendly Communities Statewide Coordinator; and a panel of other experts
Medicinal Plants - May 18, 2021
Blake Costine, Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student
Horticultural Therapy – April 20, 2021
Leah Diehl, UF Wilmot Botanical Gardens Director of Therapeutic Horticulture
Turfgrass for Homeowners - March 30, 2021
Dr. Brian Unruh, UF/IFAS Turf Extension Specialist
Creating Biodiversity in Yards - February 16, 2021
Dr. Gail Hansen, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture
Garden Design - October 21, 2020
Dr. Gail Hansen, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture
Controlling Yard Pests Naturally - September 9, 2020
Amanda Marek, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent at UF/IFAS Extension Marion County
Right Plant, Right Place: Florida-Friendly Plants! - August 12, 2020
Tina McIntyre, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent at UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County
How to Identify Common & Uncommon Landscape Palms - June 24, 2020
Stephen Brown, Extension Agent at UF/IFAS Extension Lee County
Composting - May 20, 2020
Lisa Meredith, Composting, Community and School Gardens Program Coordinator at UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County
Dr. Wilson's Top 10 Native Plants for Florida Yards - April 29, 2020
Dr. Sandra Wilson, Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida
Florida Butterfly Garden Design - April 15, 2020
Tia Silvasy, UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Agent,
Non-chemical Weed Control Methods - February 25, 2020
Dr. Chris Marble, Assistant Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida