Marco Island Makeover: from Manicured to Natural



South Florida, especially the Marco Island – Naples region, is high style. Fortunately, native plants can be successfully used to satisfy a wide range of landscape aesthetics, from naturalistic to formal, while still providing their vital ecosystem services.

This session presents an award-winning Marco Island home landscape makeover, where a boring, turf-dominant landscape was transformed to a native plant dominant functioning ecosystem in the suburbs. The resulting transformation is highly functional and attractive, and works well in a neighborhood of traditionally planted and manicured landscapes. Attendees will see the progression from lawn and clipped hedges with few to no flowers, to a diverse landscape with lots of opportunities to invite desirable pollinators and wildlife, along with color and interest all year plus a soft, inviting feel. Eryk will discuss and provide a list of plant species selected, along with the successes and challenges encountered for this award-winning landscape.

Attendees will learn how to use native plants and ecological design concepts in ways that work with more traditional landscape styles.


Florida DBPR Board of Landscape Architecture 1 optional CE course # 0013830

ISA Certified Arborist

FNGLA Certified Professional

Award winning Marco Island native landscape

Award winning native landscape in Marco Island, Florida

Design FANN Credential FNGLA certified professional ISA Cert Arborist LA CE credits Landscaping