Would you love to invite more birds, bees and butterflies to your yard or community landscape? One sure way to do that is by selecting the right plant species! By choosing native host plants, flowering and fruiting shrubs and trees, and other key elements, you can enjoy visitors to your yard year-round.
Tina McIntyre is the Florida Friendly Landscaping Agent at the UF/IFAS Extension in Seminole County. She specializes in surface water quality and quantity, best management practices related to landscape management, and restoration of urban green spaces. Tina came to Extension after serving for four years as Senior Biologist on the Water Sciences team at the Orange County Environmental Protection Division where she surveyed the lakes, rivers and streams of the county and worked in the laboratory. Prior to that, she worked for six years at the University of Central Florida Arboretum. During her tenure at UCF she also formally and informally taught students on a variety of topics including Ethnobotany. While working at the UCF Arboretum, she completed her Master’s in Conservation Biology with an internship with the Florida Native Plant Society in 2013. Since coming to Extension she has been honored with prestigious state and national awards, including the Art Hornsby Professional Enhancement Award for Water and Soil Sciences and the 2021 Florida Friendly Landscaping Agent of the Year.