Berkshire Elementary School Students work in their school garden sponsored by the Palm Healthcare Foundation.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping

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:

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

Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service

Florida-Friendly Plant Database

South Florida Water Management District's landscaping site

School Gardens


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!

If you are interested in creating a school garden, or learning about how to maintain an existing garden, contact Wellness Coordinator, Jeannine Rizzo:

School Garden Development Guide (click HERE)

For a list of school gardens, (click HERE).

School Composting Guidelines

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