Other Resources

Native Plant Resources

  • Florida Native Plants Society (FNPS), http://www.fnps.org/ The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of native plants and native plant communities in Florida.
  • Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, http://www.fleppc.org/ The mission of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council is to support the management of invasive exotic plants in Florida's natural areas by providing a forum for the exchange of scientific, educational and technical information. The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council is a non-profit organization and is not a regulatory agency.
  • Learn the difference between a weed and a wildflower seedling. Download the Seedling Image Project.
  • South Florida Native Plants Fact Sheets, Power Points and Video Clips Library. Download the Native Plants Fact Sheet Link PDF by Stephen H. Brown of the Lee County Extension Service
  • Florida Association of Native Nurseries (FANN), http://www.plantrealflorida.org/ The Association of Florida Native Nurseries is a not-for-profit corporation whose membership includes nurseries, landscape architects, contractors and designers, environmental consultants, nursery suppliers, educators, and related professions and services.
  • Florida Wildflower Foundation, http://www.floridawildflowerfoundation.org/ The Florida Wildflower Foundation was established in 2001 as a 501(c) (3) charitable corporation for the purpose of restoring native wildflowers and grasses in Florida. To accomplish this purpose, the Foundation supports and funds educational, research and planting grants throughout the state.
  • Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Default.aspx The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants is a joint effort by the Institute for Systematic Botany, the University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Community Design and Research to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of vascular plants in the State of Florida. Florida, with over 4,200 species of native or naturalized ferns and seed plants, is the third most floristically diverse state in the United States. The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants provides a source of information for the distribution of plants within the state.
  • Online Guide to the Plants and Plant Life of Florida, http://www.floridaplants.com This publication provides easy access to the most frequently sought after Florida plant, garden and landscape information. There are features on landscaping and landscape design and content covering various aspects of Florida's ecology and natural habitats. Content is chosen and edited for its usefulness to teachers, students, commercial property managers, homeowners, nursery growers, lawn men and people everywhere with an interest in plants.
  • Perfect Island, http://perfectisland.us/index.html This is a public service web site created to provide comprehensive information on native landscaping with the native plants of our barrier islands and the bay shorelines of the mainland. That includes the following communities: Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach as well as the islands of Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key, FL.

More Environmental Resources

  • Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/ Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ ( FFL ) means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future.
  • Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat, http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create-a-Habitat.aspx Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young--and by incorporating sustainable gardening practices--you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™.
  • Sarasota County Butterfly Club, http://www.sarasotabutterfly.org/
    The Sarasota County chapter is an active group that meets monthly at The Sarasota Garden Club located at 1131 Blvd. of the Arts and offers a variety of speakers, field trips and sharing of butterfly gardening experiences. The club has an extensive butterfly garden open to the public. Many of our members have been working with schools and other local organizations in the community, helping to plant butterfly gardens and educating the public on butterfly conservation.
  • Florida Wildlife Conservation Guide, http://myfwc.com/conservation/fwcg.htm
    The Guide offers users of any professional level a compendium of guidance and reference materials related to wildlife, land use planning and conservation. Private landowners have information about various programs available including incentive-based mitigation programs which may be financially rewarding. Developers or environmental consultants will be able to access species-specific survey protocols, habitat management practices, and guidance on wildlife-friendly site design options. Local government staff members will be able to identify wildlife-related protection recommendations or understand what FWC and USFWS expects from applicants in terms of wildlife or habitat mitigation. These are just a few examples of how this resource can be useful.
  • Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™), http://www.sustainablesites.org/
    The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.
  • The Florida House, http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/fhlc/flahousehome.shtml
    The Florida House is a model home and yard showcasing sustainable materials and methods for building, remodeling and landscaping. From 1992 to 2007, the Florida House operated as a partnership between UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension and the non-profit Florida House Institute—a unique public/private collaboration whose mission has been to demonstrate the most sustainable products and practices within education, government and the private sector. The goal is to inspire beneficial behavior changes in citizens’ personal and professional lives.
  • People for Trees, http://www.peoplefortrees.com/
    People for Trees, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group that began in 1997 as a grass-roots effort by citizens concerned about the destruction of our tree canopy, largely due to development. Their mission is to promote the importance of protecting and maintaining a healthy, native tree canopy.
  • Sierra Club Florida, http://florida.sierraclub.org/
    Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, they are 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet.
  • Audubon of Florida, http://fl.audubon.org/
    The mission of Audubon of Florida and National Audubon is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
  • Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, http://www.conservationfoundation.com/
    Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a private, nonprofit land trust working with landowners and regional government to protect and preserve the bays, beaches and barrier islands that define the character and ecology of our region.
  • Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, http://www.chnep.org/
    Working together to protect the natural environment from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven.
  • Eat Local! Resource Guide & Directory - Sarasota, http://eatlocalsarasota.com/
    There are so many good reasons to eat locally, it’s a wonder more of us aren’t doing it already.
  • Transition Sarasota, http://transitionsarasota.org/
    The mission of TRANSITION SARASOTA, part of the worldwide Transition Movement, is to act as a catalyst for rebuilding local community resilience and self-reliance in the face of peak oil, climate change, and economic crisis.
  • Slow Food Sarasota, http://www.slowfoodsarasota.org/
    Slow Food Sarasota seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. We arse reconnecting with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils, and waters that produce our food. We seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equality, sustainability, and pleasure in the food we eat.
  • Friends of Oscar Scherer State Park, http://www.friendsofoscarscherer.com/
    The Friends of Oscar Scherer Park Inc. is a non profit volunteer group which exists for the purpose of supporting the priorities of the park manager at Oscar Scherer State Park. Their efforts include maintaining and improving habitat for the Florida Scrub Jay and providing a natural environment of learning and pleasure for school children, groups, naturalists and families. A major benefit of being a member of the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park Inc. is getting to see the park in ways that no visitor can.
  • Friends of Myakka River, http://www.myakkariver.org/friends.html
    The Friends of Myakka River is a non-profit group established to protect, preserve and support Myakka River State Park and the "Wild and Scenic Myakka River." The "Friends" is also dedicated to environmental education, especially helping Floridians and Florida visitors appreciate the unique beauty and needs of one of Florida's most significant natural resources: The Myakka Island. Through care and diligence our descendants will enjoy the land in its natural state, a piece of the REAL FLORIDA.
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, http://www.selby.org/
    To further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis on epiphytes, and to provide enjoyment for all who visit the Gardens.
  • Around the Bend Nature Tours, http://www.aroundbend.com/
    Offering outdoor tours, classes, field trips, and day camps in parks and on the water for groups of all ages. Their mission is to give a sense of Florida as “home” by hearing the stories of the land and learning the science of sustainability, and to encourage greater appreciation of Florida’s rich history and conservation of Florida’s wildlands for future generations of people, native plants and animals.
  • Cedar Point Environmental Park, http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/do/moreinfo.php?ID=15704&detail=park
    Cedar Point Environmental Park is a 115-acre Charlotte County park managed by Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Its five-miles of trails traverse pine flat woods, marshes and coastal hammocks lead to the waters of Lemon Bay.
  • The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC), http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Zantfaga
    A private non-profit organization, The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and long-term management of biodiversity on a regional basis, and to the prevention of regional extinctions of rare plants, animals and ecosystems.
  • Sarasota Fruit and Nut Society, http://www.sarasotafruitandnutsociety.org/
    We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing, propagating and distributing the many rare tropical and sub-tropical fruits grown throughout the world. We offer education and encouragement to the novice and experienced grower alike in order to share our love of growing
  • Sarasota Fern Society, http://sarasotafernsociety.org/
    The Sarasota Fern Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to learning and exchanging information relating to the propagation, growth, culture, and identification of ferns and fern allies.
  • Sarasota Bromeliad Society, http://www.sarasotabromeliadsociety.org/index.html
    The Mission for the Sarasota Bromeliad Society is to study the culture of bromeliads under local conditions, to strive to use the correct scientific nomenclature for bromeliads, to study the use of bromeliads in landscape and home gardening, and to aid in civic projects involving bromeliads and promote protection of native species, To aid and give assistance to educators, to the members, and to the general public, thereby furthering the knowledge of bromeliads.

Green Businesses

  • Natural Awakenings Sarasota, http://www.nasrq.com/
    A magazine with a mission to provide insight and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In each issue readers find information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression, and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.
  • Edible Sarasota, http://www.ediblecommunities.com/sarasota/
    Edible Sarasota is a quarterly publication that promotes and celebrates the abundance of local foods and other notable products in the Gulf Coast Region.
  • My Green Buildings, http://www.mygreenbuildings.com
    MyGreenBuildings is a trusted, award-winning, certified general contractor focusing on green building for residential and light commercial construction.