This is how I learned to identify hundreds of trees, shrubs, evergreens, and groundcovers in college – by sitting in front of a screen and scrolling past photos of plants with their names. And then getting out in the field and applying that knowledge. Granted, the best way to know a plant is to see the real thing: to touch it, to plant it, to prune it, to grow it. So, I present to you this format, arranged in the same order as the FNGLA textbook to help you drill. Then, get out there and get your hands dirty!
This website is designed to help people identify and enjoy landscape plants in Southwest Florida.
I teach the Florida Nursery Grower Landscape Association (FNGLA) Certified Horticulture Professional class in the Fort Myers/Naples area. Our textbook includes a list of over 200 South Florida plants to identify. That leads us to this website. It’s an album of photos showing these plants in local nurseries and landscapes.
Click on the Menu at the top or the link at the bottom of this page that will lead you on a tour of Palms, Shrubs, Bedding Plants, etc. Click on “Photo Gallery” and enjoy.
The January 2021 classroom is now filled to capacity. Sorry but we will no longer be accepting new applications after January 5th.
H orticulture in Southwest Florida is unlike anywhere in the world. Growing conditions are often ideal. Warm year-round temperatures, generous rainfall, and sunny days encourage plants and people. This microclimate offers a unique palette of foliage, flowers, and fruit.
Enthusiasm alone does not make a great horticulturist. Knowledge, effort and experience complete the package. You are most productive and successful when you are familiar with seasons, soils, plant selection, attractive, useful arrangement, insects, diseases, weeds, and many unseen enemies of plant life.
Our objective is to give you a wide exposure to Florida ornamental horticulture, focusing on the southern zone, concentrating on Lee and Collier counties. Our classes are designed to give you useful, local information and to prepare you to pass the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association’s (FNGLA) Certified Horticulture Professional tests.
Normally we invite and welcome as many students as possible but because of current health protocols we are limiting the number of people in the largest room of the building.
If all goes well we will hold the next series of classes in Naples in the fall of 2021. Stay tuned to this website for those details.