Florida house annual survey shows changes in landscape practices

Mark E. Shelby


In 1994, the Florida House Learning Center was established in Sarasota as a multi-faceted teaching facility dealing with environmental considerations in residential construction and landscaping. This facility is operated by the University of Florida Extension, Sarasota County. Since 1994, over 65,000 people have been documentated as visiting Florida House, and an estimated 80,000 have toured the demonstration Florida yard at Florida House. Since 1995, an Annual Survey of registered visitors to Florida House has been conducted. This survey asks for specific information concerning practice changes accomplished as a result of their visit to Florida House. From 1995 to 2000, 2,842 people have reported between 43 and 78 percent adoption of various practice changes and between 42 and 57 percent have redesigned their landscape.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283