Gardening & Landscapes

Residential Landscapes & Master Gardeners

This program provides the following services to Manatee County residents:


Educational publications
Least toxic methods of controlling pests and plant diseases
Diagnosing plant problems
Insect identification
Reptile identification
Soil and water testing for pH and salt only.


Do you enjoy plants and gardening?  Do you enjoy reading and learning?  Are you passionate about improving the environmental health of your home, landscape and community?  Do you enjoy sharing information with others?  Then the Master Gardener Program may be for you!  Learn more about becoming a Master Gardener.


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Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Landscaping the Florida-Friendly way means using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future.


The mission of the Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Program is to educate Floridians about science-based, environmentally friendly landscaping practices and to encourage them to conserve and protect our water resources by applying Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Principles in their landscapes.


View the Florida-Friendly Landscaping page on the University of Florida IFAS Web site.


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Environmental & Commercial Horticulture

The Commercial Landscape Horticulture program provides unbiased and current information for maintaining Florida friendly landscapes to horticulture service providers, in business or in public service, such as:


--Landscape & lawn installation and maintenance, pest control, tree care, landscape designers and landscape architects, related services

Property managers

Condominium and homeowner associations

County and municipal departments and employees


Retail garden centers


View the Commercial Landscape Horticulture page on the University of Florida IFAS Manatee county Extension Web page.


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