Development in south Florida has led to rapid loss of pine rockland habitat. Outside of Everglades National Park just 2% of the habitat remains and exist as fragments dispersed amongst the urban matrix. By creating stepping stone gardens we are improving the chances that seeds and pollen will be dispersed amongst fragments, promoting survival of species and genetic diversity.
Gardening with pine rockland species does not have to be terribly complicated, but there are a few things you should take care of before plants go in the ground. Below is a quick set of steps to get your garden growing.
1. Pick a location. Most pine rockland species require full-partial sun.
2. Create a plant list.
3. Design your garden. A quick sketch of your future garden will help you plan and envision what your garden will look like.
4. Plant away! The best time to plant is in the summer when rain is abundant. Water plants regularly until established. Once established plants should not require addtional water.
Be prepared to make mistakes and accept that some pine rockland species will not do well in your yard. As your garden matures you may need to remove plants and try different species.
MORE ABOUT NATIVE GARDENING
Natives for your Neighborhood a site dedicated to the conservation of south Florida's native plants
Florida -Friendly Landscaping more information about gardening in the Sunshine State
Getting Started With Natives by the Florida Native Plant Society
These South Florida nurseries and non-profit organizations sell Florida native plants. Please do call ahead to check stocks and species before going!
Alexander Landscaping & Plant Farm
830 S. Flamingo Rd.
Casey's Corner Nursery and Landscaping
31877 SW 197 Ave
Citizens for a Better South Florida
138 NW 16st ave.
Call the office first to check on plant availability and
see if someone is available to assist you in the nursery.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33156
We sell native plants at our annual plant sales.
Florida Native Plant Society, Dade Chapter
Florida NatureScapes Nursery
5660 Griffin Road
Open Sunday only, or by appointment
Indian Trails Native Nursery
6315 Park Lane W.
28301 SW 172nd Ave
Call for an appointment.
Pro Native Consulting
Richard Lyons Nursery
20200 SW 134th St
Silent Native Nursery
Tropical Audubon Society
5530 Sunset Dr.
Plant sales are held periodically.
Veber's Jungle Garden
24605 SW 197th Ave.
For pine needle mulch contact Bushel Stop Pembroke Pines, 954-434-1729.
If you are ready to join the Connect to Protect Network or would like more information, please contact Joyce Maschinski at email@example.com or 305-667-1651 X 3416.