The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program was created to include Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) program HomeOwner and FYN Builder and Developer programs and the Florida-Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries (GI-BMP) Program in 2008.
Why Was the Change Made?
Traditionally FYN has served a homeowner audience, while the GI-BMPs are directed towards an audience of commercial horticulture professionals. Because Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ terminology is used in state law (F.S. Ch. 373.185), both UF/IFAS and FDEP felt it appropriate to find a name for the overarching philosophy that embraces both homeowner and industry audiences.
The 9 FFL Principles
It’s important to know that the FYN programs and the GI-BMP program promote the 9 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Principles, not the 9 FYN Principles. This is because the 9 Principles apply equally to homeowner and industry recommendations. Websites at both the state and county level should make sure that their terminology matches this directive.
How is the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Structured?
The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) program operates under the Center for Landscape Conservation & Ecology (CLCE), headed by Interim Director Michael Dukes, Ph.D., and is part of the Environmental Horticulture Department. CLCE faculty and affiliated faculty provide science-based landscape information on numerous disciplines to FFL programs statewide.
FFL, headed by Esen Momol, Ph.D., is composed of three programs:
- The FYN Homeowner program
- The FYN Builder & Developer program
- The Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) program