Going Native – A Tour of Native Landscapes

APA Florida, Treasure Coast Section


Sunday, October 1, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

Wet Palm Beach, FL, United States


This tour/lecture, co-sponsored by the Treasure Coast Section of APA-Florida and the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, visits three unique municipal sites in central Palm Beach County which exemplify successful Florida native landscape design.  Participants will learn the important benefits to healthy Florida ecosystems and preservation of the food web, of prioritizing native plants in Palm Beach County’s urban and suburban landscapes, along with the challenges that come with design in the urban environment.  The importance of local municipal landscape codes and how they influence design decisions will also be discussed. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what a native landscape can and should be in the urban setting. The following three sites will be visited: (1) Alexander Art Park, South Dixie and Fern Streets, West Palm Beach, Florida. Public-private partnership with AIPP involvement completed November, 2016. City-owned property, “pocket” park built and maintained by developer of adjacent Alexander condominium and successors. Public Art sculpture. Native plants: two existing live oaks preserved, new oaks added. Dry detention area with native wildflowers and grasses. Silver Buttonwood, Firebush; Groundcover-Beach Sunflower, Muhly Grass, Beach Verbena, Scarlet Sage, Soft Rush, Soft Stem Bulrush, and Gaillardia. MikyoungKim Design, Boston, Ma., and Alex Knight, PLA; (2) Oceanfront Park, Ocean Drive at Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida. Restoration of site completed 2013. County funded at $5M requiring more parking than existed at the time. Design both met the County's parking requirements without a parking deck, as originally deemed necessary; and increased the amount of landscaped areas. Native Plants: Trees—Pitch Apple, Pigeon Plum, Sea Grape, Green Buttonwood, Silver Buttonwood, Sand Live Oak. Palms—SargentsCherry, Florida Cherry, Saw Palmetto. Shrubs—Simpson’s Stopper, Wax Myrtle, Myrsine. Coontie. Grasses—Muhly, Cord, Sea Oats. Groundcover—Beach Sunflower, Railroad Vine. Michael Singer Studio and Jonathan Haigh, KimleyHorn; (3) Hypoluxo Hammock, Parking Lot, Hypoluxo Town Hall, Hypoluxo, Florida. Dedicated March, 1996. Intention: Recreate the site as a coastal hammock similar to what the Barefoot Mailman would have seen on his way to Miami 100 years ago. Only native species were used that would require no irrigation or fertilizer after 6 months. lncorporatesa drainage design that retains nearly 100% of the entire site's rain runoff. Designed by former Hypoluxo Town Councilman Mark Hull and Richard Moyroudof Mesozoic Landscapes, and planted and maintained by town Landscape Contractor and Manager Moises Gonzales. Native Plants: Trees—Southern Live Oak, Slash Pine, Gumbo Limbo, Pigeon Plum, Jamaican Caper. Palms—Cabbage and Saw Palmetto. Shrubs—Beautyberry, Firebush, Cocoplum, Wild Coffee, Myrsine. Groundcover—Beach Sunflower

Contact Info

Susan Coughanour, susancoughanour@aol.com