You can find CLCE faculty and staff actively collaborating with Extension programs throughout the state. Here are a few of the current projects.
Opened with a dedication ceremony in January 2012, the Straughn Center is named for Dr. Alto Straughn, a former UF/IFAS administrator. Dr. Straughn and his wife Patrecia are longtime supporters of Extension, and the center is their most recent gift. Faculty from the CLCE, along with Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program staff, designed the Straughn Center landscape. Learn more.
Gardening in a Minute is the mass media outlet for CLCE. Airing every weekday on Florida public radio stations, each show gives a short tip to amateur and experienced gardeners. Gardening in a Minute is hosted by Tom Wichman, Florida Master Gardener Coordinator, written and produced by the CLCE Information Office, and reviewed by faculty. This collaborative program reaches 15,000 listeners a day and has won five national awards.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) is a UF/IFAS Extension educational and outreach program that emphasizes landscape practices that are environmentally and economically sound. With techniques such as low-maintenance planting and efficient use of water, the nine FFL principles preserve and protect Florida's unique natural resources while saving its residents time, energy, and money. FFL works with residents, builders, developers, and green industry professionals.
Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs) teach environmentally safe landscaping practices that help conserve and protect Florida’s ground and surface waters. Developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and endorsed by the pest control industry, this training is brought to you by UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program.