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The DHC/STC Green Team proudly hosted its inaugural speaker series, delving into the enlightening realm of the Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. This engaging event, led by the Doris Heitzmann, Program Manager of the UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Program in Pinellas County, provided invaluable insights on incorporating these principles into our surroundings.

The discourse navigated the art of crafting visually appealing and low-maintenance Florida-Friendly landscapes, emphasizing their water conservation, environmental friendliness, and potential for time and cost savings. Doris Heitzmann's expertise illuminated the pathway to cultivating sustainable and aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces.

The program's impact was not only educational but also nourishing, thanks to a delectable fall-themed lunch generously sponsored by the Palms of Largo. This communal gathering not only fostered learning but also provided an opportunity for networking and community building.

A noteworthy highlight showcased the practical application of the principles, as Simone and Rep DeLoach's personal yard earned recognition as a "Florida-Friendly Landscaping" haven, underscoring their commitment to sustainable landscaping practices. 

Recognitions are offered for three different categories of landscapes: Home, Commercial, and New Construction. Landscapes are evaluated based on a checklist of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices. Florida-Friendly landscapes receive a yard sign to display and a certificate for recognition at either silver or gold level.

For those eager to explore further, additional details about the program can be found at Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program. If you are interested in their monthly Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program flyer, please join their mailing list here: https://bit.ly/pinellasFFLnewsletter For viewing upcoming UF/IFAS Extension gardening classes, please use this link:  https://bit.ly/GardenAndLandscapingClasses

To join the DHC/STC Green Team or learn more about upcoming events, click here

Please join us in embracing the transformative power of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ as we cultivate a greener, more sustainable future!

About Doris Heitzmann

Doris Heitzmann is the Program Manager of the UF/IFAS Florida- Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Program in Pinellas County. This valuable outreach program provides Ms. Heitzmann the opportunity to visit communities, evaluate their landscaping needs and share her expertise with community association members. Communities benefit from her knowledge and practical experience by adopting water conservation techniques and protecting the area's precious water resources as well as enhance property value while creating attractive, low maintenance and desirable landscapes.

Before joining the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ team Ms. Heitzmann designed, implemented and managed Florida-Friendly landscapes for homeowners in the Tampa Bay region.  Ms. Heitzmann is a horticulturist, an ISA Certified Arborist, and a Florida Master Gardener.  Her passion is preservation and Doris enjoys visiting Florida State Parks to learn about the diverse eco systems with their magnificent fauna and flora.

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