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New Garden Revolution books looks promising & sounds familiar …

June 15, 2016

FANN received notice of a promising new book, Garden Revolution, How our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change, by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher, Timber Press (save 30% when you order by June 23). We were intrigued by […]

FANN on TV! howtodoFlorida

June 14, 2016

Watch the video trailer! And that’s just a teaser! FANN’s full team will appear with our complete makeover of the Volkmann yard in Bradenton, on Season 7 Episode #10, howtodoFlorida (Flip My Florida Yard!). Where to watch (generally on weekends): […]

Florida Milkweed Project Team prepares for Phase 2

June 14, 2016

FANN growers and staff traveled to the University of Florida IFAS Mid-Florida Research Center in Apopka Friday, June 10, 2016, to meet with the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Museum of Natural History and US Fish & Wildlife Services staff. The […]

Show your FANN pride with these beautiful organic cotton t-shirts

June 10, 2016

Show your FANN pride in comfort with our 100% organic cotton FANN shirts printed with eco-friendly inks. Shirts feature FANN logo on front, websites and unique plant and creature art on back. Colors: bright medium blue, pale yellow and natural. […]

FANN welcomes FCI Coleman

June 10, 2016

The Coleman Federal Correctional Institute in Sumter County has joined FANN as a landscape associate member institution. Through its relationship with the University of Florida IFAS Sumter County Extension, Coleman is providing its inmates with horticultural training opportunities to enhance […]

Cultivars, nativars and other marketing hype

June 2, 2016

Buyer, beware! Want your landscape to support more pollinators? Choose your native plants wisely and don’t buy into the hype promoted by too many superficial trade rags. In the traditional horticulture industry, cultivars are selected primarily for their aesthetic value. […]

Glyphosate health hazard controversy explained, maybe

May 31, 2016

Why do ordinary people become frustrated with government? with scientists? with regulations? Because of processes that don’t work for the “rest of us.” Here’s a great example, the conflicting conclusions about glyphosate and cancer from two different panels on the […]

Communities of Excellence 2016, native plants still a hit

May 17, 2016

Once again, FANN teamed with University of Florida and FNGLA to promote Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) practices to condo and homeowner community managers, their staff and board members at the Communities of Excellence gala in West Palm Beach May 13, 2016. […]

Biological Control in Ornamentals Workshop June 16 Miami-Dade

May 17, 2016

From our Vanessa Campoverde and our UF/IFAS extension colleagues in Homestead … Do you want to learn about an alternative to the neonicotinoids (chemical insecticides) for your plants? Are you looking for more “green” alternatives to advertise your business? Are […]

The afterglow: Bradenton landscape transformation

May 17, 2016

We did it! In just one day, FANN transformed Bradenton homeowners Berni & Brad Volkmann’s landscape – and life. You’ll soon be able to watch it on television as well as on CLICK to see the LANDSCAPE PLAN. LIST […]