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Florida Friendly Landscaping
Dear Fellow Members,   

One cannot help but notice the recent increase in Martin County residential development. Right next door to Mariner Sands Country Club, is a newly cleared thirty five acre development where original woods once stood.  

This project is just one of many currently under way or planned for our area. The Kiplinger family is proposing a 4200 residential unit development on 3300 acres in western Palm City.  We are not sounding the environmental alarm, nor are we about to become an extension of the Broward or Miami-Dade metro areas. However, as Martin County is developed, wildlife habitat is shrinking along with the native trees and plants.  

As our Club continues to evolve and improve, we need to adopt a philosophy of natural and environmentally sensitive landscapes. This will help to ensure the natural beauty, attract wildlife, and maintain the ecosystem within our fences. In an effort to meet that goal, the ARB is pleased to provide some resources for those owners interested in additional information on Florida "friendly" plants, flowers, and trees.  

The local University of Florida Cooperative Extension Office is a great starting point, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart, FL and their telephone number is 772-288-5654. The Florida Native Plant Society is an excellent source of information as well.  They have a website and local chapter here in Stuart. Another valuable resource is the Association of Florida Native Nurseries. There are a number of websites and print materials available for learning more about native landscaping.  

Written Materials
Florida Natural Landscaping, (Dan Walton andLaurel Schiller)
Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants, (GilNelson)
Native Florida Plants for Shady Landscapes, (CraigN. Huegel)
Florida My Eden, (Frederic Stresau)