Many of these examples are award winners in The Villages. There are also single-family houses from other central Florida communities. This is a work in progress.
2023 in The Villages
2023 Jo's Yard
Features Native Landscape in The Villages
Florida Native Plant Society
UF | IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping
Scroll down until you see Outstanding Residental Landscape. Click the small down arrow to see the pictures. This house also won FNPS Award of Excellence for 2020.
Project Owner: Skilings
Project Designer: Grounded Solutions
Project Contractor: Green Isle Gardens
Award Category: residential
Location: Lady Lake, Lake County
As we planned to move from Broward County to Central Florida, we knew we wanted a sodfree
yard with predominantly native plantings. We were familiar with native landscaping,
having converted much of our South Florida yard to a sod-free native landscape.
Ultimately, we chose to build a home in Lake County on an empty lot within a community
governed by an HOA, with the upfront agreement that the developer would forgo installing
their standard landscape and work with us according to instructions we would provide.
The guiding principles for our overall design and plant choices were: Utilize native plants; Be
sod-free; Provide habitat; Attract pollinators; Showcase the beauty of a native landscape within
an HOA community; Minimize maintenance.
Green Isle Gardens Projects
Green Isle Gardens is located in Groveland. This is the closed native plant nursery to The Villages. Many yards in The Villages use Green Isle Garden resources for plants, design, installation and maintenance.