Connect to Protect

Fairchild’s Connect to Protect Network enlists South Florida residents to plant native plants in order to connect the few remaining isolated fragments of pine rockland— our globally critically imperiled ecosystem. Installing native plants increases the probability that bees, butterflies and birds can find and transport seeds and pollen across developed areas that separate pine rockland fragments, improving gene flow and the prospects for survival of our region’s unique native plant heritage. The program is run by the Garden’s Conservation Team

Become a member / Contact us

Joining Connect to Protect is easy.  We only require that you are located in Miami-Dade or Monroe County, have an email address, and can maintain pine rockland plants on your property for at least two years. Persons without access to garden space are welcome to join as Email-only members.  To join, simply email your name, address, and telephone number to ConnectToProtect@fairchildgarden.org.  Schools and businesses, please provide the name of your institution and the name and email two additional coworkers who support joining the network.

Membership benefits:

  • Be a citizen scientist, providing information back to the network via occasional email polls. See our 2019 survey results.
  • Learn about nature through our monthly newsletter, group hikes, expert lectures, and more.
  • Pine Rockland Starter Kit.  New members may pick 5 free plants (10 for schools) grown by Fairchild native plant experts.
  • Yard sign. Click here to see our optional free sign.
  • Lower maintenance costs and increased wildlife presence.

Pine rockland resources

Finding accurate information about pine rocklands can be tough!  These are some of our favorite resources.

Get more plants!
Nurseries we recommended 

Click the buttons below to visit the websites of local native plant vendors. You can also purchase pine rockland plants at periodic sales hosted by Fairchild Garden or Tropical Audubon Society.

Silent Native Nursery   

Veber’s Jungle Garden

Plant Creations  

Casey’s Corner 

Richard Lyons Nursery

Garden help:
Design, installation and maintenance

These professionals have our recommendation for installing and maintaining pine rockland gardens. We gladly feature businesses that (1) have installed or upgraded at least 5 Florida native plantings, (2) do not install non-native invasive species, and (3) provide at least two clients who will vouch for their skills, work ethic and professionalism.  

Florida Roots, Inc.

Steven specializes in Florida native gardens. Contact him at floridarootsinc@gmail.com or 786.277.8739.

Jojo’s Garden

Joey specializes in Florida native gardens. Contact him at jojosgardenmiami@gmail.com 

adam & eve architecture & garden

adam & eve specializes in the design of native landscapes and modern homes.  Contact Buck: 786.291.4824

Donations welcome

We gladly accept large and small donations from individuals or companies.  Donations help to purchase pots and soil, fund staff time, and keep CTPN free for all members. To donate, contact Jennifer Possley at 305-667-1651 ext. 3514 or jpossley@fairchildgarden.org. Online credit card donations are quick and easy. 

Photo credits:

Banner image by Eliana Ardila Kramer.