Create a Pine Rockland Stepping Stone Garden

 

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.

 

GETTING STARTED

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

 

NATIVE NURSERIES

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
954-472-5039
830 S. Flamingo Rd.
Davie


Casey's Corner Nursery and Landscaping
305-248-7284
31877 SW 197 Ave
Homestead

Citizens for a Better South Florida
305-648-0000
138 NW 16st ave.
Miami
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
305-667-1651
10901 Old Cutler Rd
Coral Gables, FL  33156
We sell native plants at our annual plant sales.


Florida Native Plant Society, Dade Chapter
786-340-7914


Florida NatureScapes Nursery

954-540-4061
5660 Griffin Road
Davie

Open Sunday only, or by appointment


Indian Trails Native Nursery

561-641-9488
6315 Park Lane W.
Lake Worth


Kelly's Tropicals

786-444-7714
19475 SW 344th St
Homestead


Native Tree Nursery
305-247-4499
17250 SW 232 st.
Goulds


Plant Creations

305-248-8147
28301 SW 172nd Ave
Homestead
Call for an appointment.


Pro Native Consulting
stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net
786-488-3101
Miami


Richard Lyons Nursery

305-324-1100
20200 SW 134th St
Goulds

Silent Native Nursery
305-975-9081
silentnative@gmail.com

Tropical Audubon Society
305-667-7337
5530 Sunset Dr.
South Miami
Plant sales are held periodically.


Veber's Jungle Garden

305-242-9500
24605 SW 197th Ave.
Homestead 

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 jmaschinski@fairchildgarden.org  or 305-667-1651 X 3416.