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Regional Webinar Series

Yards and Neighborhoods Programs: stories from Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Presenters from Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee discussed successes and challenges facing the Yards and Neighborhoods programs in their states. Key components of the programs were presented, and approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of individual components were discussed.

Note: The webinar was recorded on January 18, 2011.

Presentations and Webinar Materials:


The webinar was recorded using Elluminate Live! on-line collaborative environment. We apologize for the poor sound quality of the first presentation (about Florida Friendly LandscapingTM program).

You can use the sliding bar at the very bottom of your screen to scroll to the recording portion related to a specific program:

  • Florida Friendly LandscapingTM – the seventh mark on the sliding bar (time indicator at the bottom right corner will report "In session for 2 hours and 12 minutes")
  • The Carolina Yard – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 2 hours and 32 minutes"
  • Tennessee Yards & Neighborhoods – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 2 hours and 54 minutes"
  • Webinar conclusion – scroll to the point where the time indicator in the lower right corner states "In session for 3 hours and 17 minutes"

Click here to start the recorded webinar

Additional Materials

Florida Friendly LandscapingTM

Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. There are three components of the program:

1) The Homeowner program
2) The Builder and Developer program
3) The Green Industry Best Management Practices

Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM website
The 9 Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Principles
The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook
Guide to Plant Selection and Landscape Design

Clemson Cooperative Extension Programs

Clemson University implements a variety of programs developed to inform and educate communities about water quality, water quantity, and the cumulative effects of stormwater.

Carolina Clear comprehensive approach
The Carolina Yard and Neighborhood
Home & Garden Information Center

Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods

Tennessee Yards & Neighborhoods (TYN) is a University of Tennessee program in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority that advises residents on how to maintain a beautiful, hardier landscape while conserving and protecting the water supply. We work with individuals and neighborhood associations, developers, contractors, and landscapers to improve landscaping practices so that topsoil, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants do not wash into the streams.

Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods web page
The Tennessee Yardstick Workbook
A Better Yard


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