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Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM

Preserving and protecting Florida's water resources is the focus of the Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) Program, which promotes 9 key principles with public outreach and education statewide. The FFL Program is a joint venture of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the University of Florida Institue of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The FFL Program works in cooperation with the state's five water management districts and other agencies and organizations to achieve the common goals of water conservation and water quality protection.

Knowing ways to conserve water and energy in the landscape is a positive step towards helping the environment for future generations to enjoy! You not only reduce your maintenance, but minimize the amount of water, fertilizer and pesticides that need to be applied to your yard.

For more detailed information, please refer to the FFL state office website or to the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook.

Love Hillsborough

Hillsborough County and its partners present the first ever Love Hillsborough event. Fall in love with sustainable projects happening now in Hillsborough County!

Event: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020  |  Joe Chillura Courthouse Square

Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm


Tri-County Resident Water School

Presentations include irrigation basics & troubleshooting, fertilizer calibration, new Florida-Friendly Landscaping apps, septic systems & environmental impacts, & general retention pond management & aquatic plant selection.

Event: Saturday, July 20, 2019  |  5339 County Road 579, Seffner 33584

Time: 8:30am - 2pm

Fee: $15 *includes lunch*

Stroll our Florida-friendly gardens, learn new things & receive cool giveaway items.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping 101

Plants, Pollinators and Professionals, held on May 18, 2019, UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County – Attendees (a total of 118) requested copies of the presentations made at this educational event and they are posted here. Thanks to those that were able to attend. Hope to see all of you and even more at this event in 2020. - Lynn Barber

Edible Garden

Right place, right plant 

Landscape Professional    

Bees Butterflies Dragonflies

Plants, Pollinators and Professionals 


2019 Recycled Yard Art Contest

Recycled Yart Art Winner 2017 Yard Minion

Flyer: 2021 Recycled Yard Art Flyer

Entry Form: 2021 Entry Form

Entry Rules: 2021 Recycled Yard Art Rules

Contact: Lisa Meredith at (813) 744-5519 X 54146 or by email at

Our Services



Agencies and Organizations


Master Gardener Help Desk     
(813) 744-5519 x 4

Lynn Barber
(813) 744-5519 x 54105
Agent, Florida Friendly Landscaping

Lisa Meredith
(813) 744-5519 x 54146
Compost, Vermicompost, and School Gardens Program Coordinator

Paula Staples
(813) 744-5519 ext. 54142
Irrigation Evaluations, Education for Communities and Residents

Sonya Rose
(813) 744-5519 x54109
Water Conservation Program Coordinator

UF/IFAS Extension, Hillsborough County

Phone (813) 744-5519

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5339 County Rd. 579
Seffner, FL 33584-3334

Directions to Our Office

8am – 5pm


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