Conservation of rare plants, animals, and ecosystems

As part of our Restoring the Gold Coast program, IRC is offering native Biodiversity Starter Plant Kits for coastal gardens in southern Palm Beach County.

Each kit comes with hand-selected native plants perfect for enhancing your native beach dune system or coastal garden. This service helps make the restoration of native habitats on barrier islands cost effective and time efficient.

ORDER OR DONATE

Support IRC's Restoring the Gold Coast program by purchasing a Biodiversity Starter Plant Kit for coastal gardens or by making a tax deductible donation.

Pick up dates and locations will be announced monthly. Delivery and planting within the area of south Palm Beach County can be arranged for a modest fee. Some substitutions may be made when necessary.

Ocean Ridge residents' point of contact for more information: Kimberlee Pompeo (kimberleeinflorida@gmail.com), Florida Federation of Garden Club's District X Vice Chair for the Barrier Islands.


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OUR STARTER PLANT KITS

Beach Dune and Coastal Grasslands Starter Plant Kits

Each beach dune starter kit contains 5 plants native to the beaches and dunes of southern Palm Beach County. Our Spring 2020 Kits contain: (1) Baycedar, (1) Sea-lavender, (1) Inkberry, (1) Seaside joyweed or Yellow joyweed, and (1) rare plant surprise. Each kit contains (1) 10" container, (2) 6" containers, and (2) 3-4" containers. These kits are perfect for coastal dunes with an active pioneer zone with established sea-oats, native dune vines, and other pioneer species. The price for each kit is $75.00.




Coastal Strand and Shrubland Starter Plant Kits

Each coastal strand starter kit contains 5 plants native to the beaches and dunes of southern Palm Beach County. Our Spring 2020 Kits contain: (1) Silver saw palmetto, (1) Horizontal coco-plum, (1) Beach-creeper, (1) Seaside joyweed or Yellow joyweed, and (1) rare plant surprise. Each kit contains (2) 10" containers, (1) 6" container, and (2) 3-4" containers. These kits are perfect for back dunes and areas protected from direct wind and salt spray. These species can also be used in sunny locations in any coastal garden. The price for each kit is $85.00.




Tropical Hammock Forest and Coastal Garden Starter Plant Kits

Each tropical hammock starter kit contains 5 plants native to the beaches and dunes of southern Palm Beach County. Our Spring 2020 Kits contain: (1) Jamaica caper-tree, (1) Marlberry, (1) Spanish stopper, (1) Beach-creeper, and (1) rare plant surprise. Each kit contains (3) 10" containers, (1) 6" container, and (1) 3-4" container. These kits are perfect for landscaped areas protected from direct wind and salt spray. The price for each kit is $90.00.




Butterfly Attracting Starter Plant Kits

Each butterfly starter kit contains 5 plants native to coastal landscapes of southern Palm Beach County. Our Spring 2020 Kits contain: (1) Blackbead, (1) Baycedar, (1) Fogfruit, (1) Corkystem passionflower, and (1) Yellowtop. Each kit contains (2) 10" containers, and (3) 6" containers. These kits are perfect for landscaped areas protected from direct wind and salt spray. The price for each kit is $60.00.




Pick up dates and locations will be announced monthly. Delivery and planting can be arranged for a modest fee. Please note that deliveries are only available for south Palm Beach County. Some substitutions may be made when necessary. Ocean Ridge residents point of contact for more information: Kimberlee Pompeo (kimberleeinflorida@gmail.com), Florida Federation of Garden Club's District X Vice Chair for the Barrier Islands.

ORDER YOUR BIODIVERSITY
PLANT KIT TODAY

Support IRC's Restoring the Gold Coast program by purchasing a Biodiversity Starter Kit for coastal gardens or by making a tax deductible donation.

Pick up dates and locations will be announced monthly. Delivery and planting within the area of south Palm Beach County can be arranged for a modest fee. Some substitutions may be made when necessary.

Ocean Ridge residents' point of contact for more information: Kimberlee Pompeo (kimberleeinflorida@gmail.com), Florida Federation of Garden Club's District X Vice Chair for the Barrier Islands.

NEED HELP FIGURING OUT WHERE TO PUT YOUR NEW PLANTS?

IRC’s Chief Conservation Strategist, George Gann, is now conducting on-site visits and evaluations of privately-owned properties on the barrier islands of southern Palm Beach County. We will assess your dune or coastal landscape and recommend short and long-term actions designed to make your coastal garden strong, beautiful, and resilient using appropriate native plants.

WHY DONATE TO THE IRC?

We're like the utility that keeps the lights on. Our comprehensive databases are a critical resource used by hundreds of land managers who steward hundreds of thousands of acres across Florida and the Caribbean.

"The IRC's plant database is the most accurate and useful in South Florida. They walk the talk with frequent invasive removal and restoration work. Finally, they have a vision for local and global conservation that our governments and public need to face the conservation crisis. We love IRC!"

Richard Brownscombe, President, Broward Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

"IRC is an organization unlike any other in South Florida - or almost anywhere for that matter. Staff has global expertise in floristics and restoration. Online tools to help homeowners and environmental professionals have changed South Florida for the better and help us all to preserve what is left in our region."

Jennifer Possley, Conservation Team Leader & Field Biologist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

"A fantastic group of dedicated and knowledgeable staff, working hard and relentlessly to identify, map, and save the biodiversity found in South Florida. This is my go-to organization whenever I need to identify a plant or look up other specifics. I work in the environmental consulting industry and the resources IRC provides are essential!"

Meike de Vringer-Picon, Environmental Consultant

"IRC's long and proven history, dedication, commitment and solid expertise in ecology and restoration, conservation science and environmental education are true assets to the regions and communities that the organization serves!"

Sarah Martin, The Nature Conservancy

"I've been using IRC's resources in my college classes and teacher training workshops for decades. Their materials and field practices are well-grounded in the best available and most recent science. Keep up this great work!"

Chris Migliaccio, Ph.D., Professor of Ecology & Environmental Science, Miami Dade College