Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) is the state of Florida’s premier Extension program that promotes sustainable alternatives to “conventional” landscaping, providing guidance on low-impact, environmentally friendly, science-based landscape practices that use less water and reduce pollutant loading to Florida waters.
Guest Speaker: Claire Lewis, Florida-Friendly Communities Statewide Coordinator
Claire joined the FFL team in 2013. Her responsibilities include educational outreach to building professionals and UF/ IFAS Extension Agents across the state to educate Floridians about sustainable landscape practices and encourage builders, developers, and HOAs to implement the FFL principles in their communities to preserve and protect Florida’s water and natural resources.
The FFL approach is based on the 9 FFL Principles: 1) Right Plant, Right Place; 2) Water Efficiently; 3) Fertilize Appropriately; 4) Mulch; 5) Attract Wildlife; 6) Manage Yard Pests Responsibly; 7) Recycle; 8) Reduce Storm Water Runoff; and 9) Protect the Waterfront. The overall goal is to reduce nonpoint source pollution through proper fertilization, irrigation, and pesticide use on residential and commercial landscapes.
FFL promotes its nine principles through three main programs that target diverse audiences. is at the center of the climate crisis, being threatened by ever increasing storms and super-charged hurricanes, sea level rise, and rising record-breaking heat days, among other climate impacts.