Dr. Gail Hansen

Associate Professor Dr. Gail Hansen

Landscape Design
Environmental Horticulture Department

Building 550 Room 101
PO Box 110675
Gainesville FL 32611-0675
Phone: (352) 273-4506
Fax: (352) 392-1413

Dr. Hansen is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, and an Extension specialist in sustainable landscape design. Her teaching and extension programs address sustainable science-based and art-centered landscape design practices that take into account the social dimension of green urban environments, environmental protection, and the quality of life for urban dwellers.

Dr. Hansen graduated with a Masters and Ph.D. in landscape architecture from the University of Florida, and currently teaches courses in residential landscape design (LDE3410C) and sustainable design (LDE4404C).

Teaching and Extension

  • Sustainable, science-based/art-centered landscape design
  • The social dimension of green urban spaces
  • Design and implementation of specialty landscapes and gardens
  • Urban landscape policy and practices

Recent Publications

Roberts, J.W.,  Koeser, A.K., Abd-Elrahman, A.H., Hansen, G., Landry, S.M., & Wilkinson, B.E. (2018). Terrestrial Photogrammetric Stem Mensuration for Street Trees, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2018.07.016

Hu, S., Hansen, G., & Monaghan, P. (2017). Optimizing shoreline planting design for urban residential stormwater systems: Aligning visual quality and environmental functions. HortTechnology, 27(3) 310-318. DOI: 10.21273/HORTTECH03580-16

Monaghan, P., Shangchun, H., Hansen, G., Ott, E., Nealis, C., and Morera, M. (2016) Balancing the Ecological Function of Residential Stormwater Ponds with Homeowner Landscaping Practices. Environmental Management. DOI 10.1007/s00267-016-0752-9

Ryan, K., Koeser, A., Hauer, R., Hansen, G., Escobedo, F. (2016) Relationship between perceived and actual occupancy rates in urban settings. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Volume 19, 1 September 2016, Pages 194-201

Select EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) Publications

Ott, E., Monaghan, P., Wells, O., Hansen, G., Warner, L., and Atkinson, M. (2015) Strategies to Encourage Adoption of Stormwater Pond Best Management Practices (BMP’s) by Homeowners http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/aec552

Hansen, G., Ivins, S., Park-Brown, S. (2015) Landscape Design Software: Evaluations and Recommendations for Non-Professionals http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep526

Hansen, G. (2015) Learning Landscapes: A Manual for the Design and Implementation of Teaching and Demonstration Gardens. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep52400

Hansen, G., Warner, L., Monaghan, P., Ott, E., Fogarty, T., Lewis, C., and Momol, E. (2015) Perceptions of Florida-Friendly Landscapes: Linking Visual Quality and Environmental Health through Landscape Codes. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep519

See all of Dr. Hansen's EDIS publications

Current Funding

Title: “Creating Effective Extension Materials for Homeowners and Green Industry Professionals: A Study with Direct Application and Immediate Potential Impact”
Duration: 2017-2019
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, Graduate Student Support Grant
Award Amount: $28,000
Role: Co-Principle Investigator

Title: “Climate Change and Landscape Architects: Survey of Beliefs and Practices”
Duration: 2017-18
Funding Agency: Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture
Award Amount: $25,000
Role: Co-Principle Investigator

Recent Extension Projects

Deltona Community Center Park Plan, 2018
Designed community park/garden with emphasis on health and wellness. Includes raised bed gardens, hort therapy program, children’s garden, wildlife garden, farmers market, art and music garden, pavilion and activity lawn, and meditation garden.

Mid-Florida Research and Education Center Teaching Garden, 2017
Teaching/demonstration landscape that includes a native plant garden, rock garden, annuals and perennials, and arboretum. ($2,000 value professional design fees).

Landscape Design Guidelines, Native Plant Society, Villages Chapter, 2017
Developed native plant design guidelines and pattern book for Villages retirement community. In cooperation with Lloyd Singleton, Seminole County horticulture extension agent. Student participants: LDE4404C Spring semester.

UFHSA (UF Historic St. Augustine) Historic Ribera House Courtyard Design, 2017
Courtyard design for historic St. Augustine property, in cooperation with UF Campus Planning and UF Historic St. Augustine (UFHSA). Student participants: Jennifer Marvin, PhD and LDE4404C students.

Florida Memorial Hospital Community Edibles Garden, Orange City, Florida, 2016-2017
Designed in collaboration with Volusia County extension office and the Florida Memorial Hospital staff the two acre garden includes 80 raised beds and a pavilion for teaching and community events. Student participant: Jennifer Marvin, PhD. ($7,000 value professional design fees).