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Florida gardening: Free webinar & other free resources to spruce up your yard

Plenty of useful free information is readily available for residents who want tips on selecting the perfect plants for their yards. 

Some information is online. Or landscaping experts are available via phone and email.

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Resources include:

Webinar from Hollywood

Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants 

  • 7 p.m. March 30
  • hosted by Hollywood Sustainability Advisory committee
  • register online

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences

  • Florida-friendly™ Plant  database interactive website for recommendations on perfect plants using such factors as region, sunlight and soil, includes trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, vines & other plants
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Edibles
  • Perfect Plants for Pollinators
  • “Lettuce in Small Hydroponic Systems”
  • Strawberries: South Florida is a little hot for strawberries. “The variety most likely to take the heat well is Sensation® ‘Florida127’. It will maintain fruit size better in the heat and will not become too dark in color — overripe appearance,” says Vance M. Whitaker associate professor of Horticultural Sciences at UF/IFAS at Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. He recommends planting toward the later days of October, & strawberries start to yield in December.

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Questions for your local master gardeners

  • Palm Beach County: 561-233-1750, email questions & photos to
  • Broward County: 954-756-8533, email questions & photos to
  • Miami-Dade County: 305-248-3311, ext. 228; email questions & photos to

Other landscaping information

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South Florida plant fairs: Orchids & other foliage faves

If you’re a fan of fanciful flowers and other fabulous foliage, plant shows are abundant in South Florida.

Delight in the displays, and shop from vendors offering native plants, exotics, and other products for enhancing your yards and indoor spaces. Check out our roundup of plant fairs by clicking here

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