Are you landscaping with Florida’s native wildflowers?
The Wildflowers, Naturally! program recognizes your contribution to natural Florida.
Many of our state’s 2,500 native species adapt well to home or commercial landscapes and create natural habitat gardens with “real Florida” style. More people are discovering the pleasure that comes from growing native wildflowers – from their simple beauty to enjoying the butterflies, birds and other wildlife they draw.
The Wildflowers, Naturally! program recognizes gardens throughout the state that have areas dedicated to native wildflowers, flowering shrubs and trees. With your help, we can celebrate these gardens and illustrate a unique way to create beautiful corridors that sustain wildlife and pollinators.
When your landscape is complete, fill out the application (the application fee has been waived for a limited time for FWF members; the non-member fee is $15). You’ll answer questions about plant species and diversity and upload at least three photos. You’ll earn points for gardening practices that minimize human impact and increase habitat value for resident and migrating insects, birds and animals.
You’ll receive a beautiful certificate when your landscape qualifies for recognition. You also may choose to purchase a colorful aluminum garden sign or flag ($20 plus shipping and sales tax) for your landscape to tell everyone you “work with nature” by using practices that support Florida’s wildflowers and wildlife.
How to qualify your landscape or garden for recognition
• be on residential or commercial property
• cover at least 50 square feet
• be planted with a minimum of 75 percent Florida native wildflowers (Read our definition of a Florida wildflower.)
• contain no invasive exotic species (Learn about invasive species.)
• contain a diversity of species appropriate for your region from trusted sources, such as members of the Florida Association of Native Nurseries and the Florida Wildflower Growers Cooperative.
• display spring-, summer- and fall-blooming native species
• provide food, water and shelter for wildlife
• be identifiable and distinct as a wildflower landscape
Applications will include:
- $15 fee if you are not a FWF member
- 2 – 3 photos of your landscape
You’ll receive a beautiful certificate when your landscape qualifies for recognition. You also may choose a colorful aluminum sign or flag ($20 plus shipping and sales tax) for your landscape to tell everyone you “work with nature” by using practices that support Florida’s wildflowers and wildlife.
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Resources for gardeners
- Wildflowers, Naturally! Plant Selection Guide
- 10 Easy Wildflowers—Your Guide to Florida Native Wildflowers for Landscapes
- 10 Easy Wildflowers for Butterflies and Bees
- Easy to Grow Florida Wildflowers
- Great Wildflowers for your Dry Landscape
- 7 Steps to Collecting and Growing from Seed
- 12 Steps for Beginning a Wildflower Garden from Seed
- Seeding dates for native wildflowers and grasses
- Simple Landscape Plans
- Florida Wildflowers: A Planning and Planting Guide
- Wildflowers for North, Central and South Florida
- Landscape with Wildflowers Videos, Part 1 and Part 2
Where to purchase