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Hey! Don't Plant That There!
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BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Where do you turn when trying to decide what to incorporate into your home landscape? Don’t trust older editions of guides, which may contain outdated info. Don’t buy plants just because they’re pretty or your friends and neighbors recommend them. And by all means use caution on the Internet, which is rife with misinformation. Find plants you can trust not to harm the environment at a Native Plant Sale. Our parks have them half a dozen times a year, with the next one on Saturday, May 5th, at Secret Woods Nature Center (2701 W State Rd. 84, Dania Beach 33312), from 9AM to 1PM.

A home landscape that includes, say, areca and Chinese fan palms, lantana shrubs, flowering four o’clock, and such trees as schefflera, weeping fig, and mimosa might seem like a good plan, But all these plants have the capability of wreaking vary-ing degrees of havoc on the native environment. Even such fruit trees as mango, guava, and sapodilla come with their own sets of problems. And forget about tossing out houseplants that have outgrown their containers – they can easily take root and spread until they run amok.

In subtropical South Florida, just about anything you stick in the ground has a good chance of growing. That includes plants classified variously as non-native, invasive, or exotic. Such plants may have been introduced intentionally. Australian pines, for example, were originally planted throughout the region as shade trees and windbreaks; now they’re out of control in many areas. Likewise, melaleucas were once recommended as ornamental landscape trees but are now considered nuisance plants.

Most non-native plants don’t pose a serious threat, but many grow out of control, competing with native vegetation and gradually displacing it, forever altering ecosystems that have developed over millions of years. Do your part by paying attention to what you plant on your property. Our Native Plant Sales emphasize the right kinds of plants to grow in your home landscape. Gardening information and other activities are also offered at these events.

Future plant sales will be on July 28th at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center in Davie, August 25th at Secret Woods, and September 22nd at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek. Secret Woods will also host its long-running lecture program, the Summer Home Landscape Series, on Thursdays at 7PM in August.

For further information, call the park at 954-357-8884. Secret Woods is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6.


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About the Parks Division
Visit for info on roughly 50 sites managed by Broward County. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.


DATE: April 20, 2018      
Parks and Recreation Division
PHONE: 954-357-8115
Secret Woods, 954-357-8884