Leading Florida's Green Industry

Plants are the original "green"!

Individuals spend an average 90% of their time indoors. Plants improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by removing chemicals, acting as the lungs of an indoor environment and increasing oxygen to the surrounding area. This increase allows people to be more focused, more creative, more attentive, happier and most importantly, healthier!


FNGLA promotes the use of plants through a selection on brochures at both the consumer and industry level: the Benefits of Plants brochure brings statistics and beneficial facts to light, our Water Brochure explains steps one can take to conserve water in the garden area, and the Think Green, Live Green brochure discusses the benefits of utilizing plants in interior settings. These brochures are used to educate consumers and the extended industry about plants and their advantages.

FNGLA's Green Consultant

Joy Dorst

Joy Dorst, owner of Green Solutions TLC, is FNGLA's Green Consultant.

Advising on everything from LEED credits, green walls, FNGLA certification and more, Joy brings over 30 years experience to FNGLA.

Joy is an award-winning designer specializing in sustainable landscape design. An undergraduate of Pennsylvania State University in landscape architecture and graduate of UC Berkeley in environmental design, she has created beautiful landscapes in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and the Netherlands. Joy has taught graduate and undergraduate college courses in landscape architecture and design. As the past Chief Learning Officer of Green Industries Institute, she is an online learning leader well respected in the fields of architecture, design, landscape and green professions. She currently serves as the "green consultant" to Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association and related professionals, actively advising the LEED Building Rating Systems on healthy landscapes and interiors. She is the past president of the Florida Landscape Designers Association, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architecture and advocate of the U.S. Green Building Council. Joy is a LEED AP and a leader of environmental stewardship with communities across America. Joy has worked in partnership with NOAA, Trust for Public Land, US Green Building Council, 1000 Friends of Florida, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and a number of private and public agencies for nearly 30 years.

The 2009 Landscape Show Green Walls Information

Busch Gardens Vertical Garden
Northeast Chapter
SeaWorld Vertical Garden
Universal Studios Vertical Garden

See images of The 2010 Landscape Show, including new green walls.

Green Practices Information Sheets

FNGLA Certifications
Best Management Practices