Jan 16 2017

Every year since 1886, on the third Friday of January, Florida celebrates Arbor Day.  Why January?  Well, that's because it's the best time of the year to plant a tree in Florida.  January is right in the middle of our seven month dry season. Deciduous trees are dormant so they take the shock of transplanting better.  It's a great time for Floridians to dig in, plant trees and get involved in making their communities greener.  Trees offer more than just habitat, they absorb water, keep us cool, purify the air and increase the value of your house. 

Did you know our state tree is the Sabal Palm (Sabal Palmetto)? It also referred to as a Cabbage Palm.  It's not too late to plant some Florida natives in your yard.

Aug 31 2016

This month, our National Park Service turns 100!  Artist George Catlin was the visionary behind the idea of creating a national park after witnessing the destruction of wildlife and culture within Great Plains in California.  He felt that these areas should be protected with the help of the government.

Catlin’s vision was not fully adopted until the passing of the Antiquities Act of 1906 designed to protect public lands with antiquities and scientific interest by creating National Monuments.  Theodore Roosevelt signed the Act on June 8, 1906.  The first designated National Monument was Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.  On August 25, 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed an Act that created the National Park Service to manage the National Monuments and Parks throughout America.

Today, many vacations include a visit to one of our 58 National Parks throughout America.  There are 6 National Parks right here in Florida!  These include the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve near Jacksonville, the Canaveral National Seashore just south of Daytona Beach, Biscayne National Park near Miami Beach, the Dry Tortugas National Park at the end of our chain of Keys, Big Cypress National Preserve just out our back door in Naples, and Everglades National Park at the southernmost tip of Florida.  Plan a weekend, or even a day trip to one of these Parks for a fun and awesome experience!

Aug 22 2016

Roberto Burle Marx, the most famous Brazilian landscape architect, and a world-recognized designer, has been the topic of many conversations surrounding the olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  Born in San Paulo in the early 1900s, he brought a unique style to the world of landscape architecture and to the country of Brazil. 

Working on many residential projects during his early career, his most famous and most visited project is the beach promenade at Copacabana.  The modernist pattern runs down sidewalk adjacent to the famous beach for nearly two and a half miles!  Burle Marx used the traditional Portuguese paving pattern but added his own style, creating a unique texture that, the most famous section, resembles waves.  In some areas the pattern becomes a series of abstract shapes, but remains black and white. Burle Marx also loved native tropical plants, using them throughout the promenade for pops of color.  

Here in Florida we use Philodendron Burle Marx, named after the famous Landscape Architect, on many of our projects.  The bright green plant grows 1’-2’ in height and spreads two to three times its height, allowing it to be used as a shrub or groundcover.  While it is native to Brazil it is used anywhere from in pots indoors, to mass plantings throughout the Naples area.  The unique heart-shaped leaf and waxy appearance help it stand out in the landscape. 

Burle Marx Philodendron