Landscaping the Florida-friendly way means using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Follow these nine principles to create and maintain a Florida-Friendly Landscape:
- Right Plant, Right Place
- Water Efficiently
- Fertilize Appropriately
- Attract Wildlife
- Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
- Reduce Stormwater Runoff
- Protect the Waterfront
The District incorporates many of these landscaping concepts into its Civil Design Criteria document (Section "K"). A list of acceptable shrubs and trees, as well as a list of prohibited plants are included.
Links to Florida-Friendly Landscaping Sites
The School District of Palm Beach County currently has 121 gardens operating in elementary, middle, high, and alternative school settings. There are 105 schools growing vegetables, 75 schools with butterfly gardens, 57 herb gardens and 34 fruit tree orchards. Thirteen schools currently sell the produce they grow at the front office, at special events, to parents in the car lines and/or to their staff.
For more information about gardens, check out the School Food Service Garden Page! https://www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs/gardens/
If you are interested in creating a school garden, or learning about how to maintain an existing garden, contact Wellness Coordinator, Jeannine Rizzo: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a list of school gardens, (click HERE).