Claire Lewis

Claire Lewis

UF Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
Education Program Coordinator

Statewide Florida Yards Neighborhoods Coordinator

23 years experience in the landscape industry

Claire Lewis has been with the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Program since 2011. She serves as the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ State Specialized Extension Agent and the Director of the FFL program. Before joining the FFL team, Claire earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Florida and spent 12 years working for private landscape architecture firms in Gainesville. Her design projects included large-scale commercial, institutional, and residential home sites.

In her current role, Claire is responsible for educational outreach to local governments, building professionals, homeowners, landscape professionals, and community decision-makers across Florida. She provides programming that promotes sustainable landscape practices and encourages the adoption of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles to preserve and protect the state’s water and natural resources. A native Floridian, Claire enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, a partnership between UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, teaches science-based management practices to homeowners and landscaping professionals. These practices save water, reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, and save money by preventing surface and groundwater contamination.

Masters degree in Landscape Architecture, University of Florida.

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