Success Stories

St. George Plantation Owners Association
St. George PlantationFranklin County

In 2011, St. George Plantation Owners Association contracted with Patrick Hodges Land Studio to develop a Master Landscaping Plan for this gated community on St George Island in the Florida Panhandle.  His charge included incorporation of the principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping.

After months of community meetings, the Association adopted the MLP in October 2012.  At the same time, they amended their governing documents and Architectural Control guidance to incorporate FFL principles.  Links to the planting palette were incorporated to encourage owners to follow the guidance.

A particularly popular concept in the Plan is the implementation of a “mowing diet,” that resulted in the regeneration of native vegetation in all the right-of-ways along the roads which were previously maintained as a St Augustine lawn.  Mowing time has been cut by more than half, saving fuel and staff time, and they are thrilled by the new flowering vegetation that is filling in those areas.

In 2014, St George Plantation was recognized by the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards Program FFL category as a first place winner in large (over 400 units) community. 

North Point at Ironwood, Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation
Alachua County
North Point at Ironwood is an 18-acre mixed income community developed by the Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation. Home yards feature all bahia grass and no in-ground irrigation as all of the landscapes are watered for establishment only. New homeowners are provided with follow-up education and a Gardening 101 booklet.

The community includes 3 acres of preserved area as well as naturally vegetated swales to collect and convey road runoff. The homes have been certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition and Energy Star certification.

Ms. Wilber says, “I am so pleased to drive people through the North Point neighborhood to show them that landscapes can be created to exist quiet well on rainfall alone and supplemental hand watering during drought conditions. North Point landscapes are helping to demonstrate what Florida-friendly looks like and that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good looking landscape.”

Longleaf, Crosland, LLC
Pasco County

The Longleaf community is situated on just under 600 acres in Pasco County with 40% of it set aside for common recreational and preserved areas. Using traditional neighborhood design elements, the 1600 units are clustered with small lots, minimum road widths, bike paths connecting the neighborhoods and a small commercial area. The first developers Frank and Trey Starkey voluntarily adopted Florida-friendly landscape designs in 2002 and the current developer Crosland has continued to build on this initial vision.

Parks include soil moisture sensors to reduce the community’s overall irrigation usage and reclaimed water is used for irrigation. In February of this year, the community amended its covenants to include green building elements such as encouraging the selection of drought-tolerant grass and plants that may reduce or eliminate the need for permanent irrigation. To further educate its homeowners about environmental options, the community has installed “Green Living” educational kiosks.

Longleaf is one of only nine developments who have received FGBC’s prestigious Green Development certification in the state. Pasco County’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Builder and Developer Coordinator Chris Dewey praises Longleaf “for having served as a forward thinking model which was Florida-friendly before Green became a household word.”

On Top of the World Communities, Inc
Marion County

The On Top of the World Community has worked closely with Marion County’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Coordinator, Kathleen Patterson for many years on incorporating Florida-friendly landscaping into its home and common landscapes. The community features clustered homes as well as the Circle Square Commons, a commercial and cultural hub which hosts a weekly farmer’s market.

The strong education program includes presentations on the community website, articles in monthly newsletters as well as monthly educational workshops on water conservation and Florida-friendly landscaping.

On Top of the World builds its homes to Energy Star standards and the homes in its newest neighborhood, Renaissance Park, are built to meet the requirements for the Florida Water StarSM certification.

FYN Coordinator, Kathleen Patterson praises the community’s beautiful but functional landscape and values working with a developer who is always striving to go a step further.