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An Integrated, Multidisciplinary Approach to Florida-Friendly Landscaping

The Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology brings together faculty from six departments within the University of Florida:

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Economics
  • Entomology and Nemotology
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Soil and Water Science

Major project areas include:

  • Community Based Social Marketing
  • Consumer Horticulture
  • Economics
  • Irrigation
  • Landscape Design and Maintenance
  • Pest Management
  • Soils
  • Turfgrass
  • Water Modeling and Climate Change

Featured Projects

Effects of Colored Shade Houses on Plants, Pests, and Microclimate

CLCE Involved Faculty: Steven Arthurs
Colored, or photoselective, shade nets are emerging as a production approach for outdoor floricultural crops. Shade houses were installed at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center with various colored shade cloths (red, blue, pearl, and black). These structures allow researchers to monitor many environmental conditions independently from each shade house. Current research includes experimenting with azaleas, hibiscus, mandevilla, and crotons. 

Sustainable Practices, Economic Contributions, Consumer Behavior, and Labor Management in the U.S. Environmental Horticulture Industry

CLCE Involved Faculty: Hayk Khachatryan
This project seeks to improve production, management and marketing practices in the U.S. environmental horticulture industry. CLCE faculty members will determine national and regional economic contributions of the U.S. green industry.  Consumer preferences for environmental plants and related horticultural products will also be evaluated, as well as their contribution to health and well-being.

People, Plants, and Sustainability: The Social and Environmental Dimension of Sustainable Landscapes

CLCE Involved Faculty: PI - Gail Hansen, Co-PI – Paul Monaghan, Erin Alvarez, Esen Momol, and Tom Wichman
CLCE faculty design and install test landscapes as part of a broad and long-term investigation on homeowner attitudes and perceptions of using sustainable Florida-Friendly landscapes to protect Florida water bodies. Current studies are focused on aesthetic plant preferences for shoreline plants in community stormwater basins. This includes development of an effective social marketing campaign to protect Florida water bodies from stormwater runoff and to develop regulatory policy (landscape codes) by gathering data on audience characteristics, including their attitudes and preferences and the barriers they face to adopting behavioral changes centered on landscapes.