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Landscape architects weighed in on Palm Beach’s native plant rule


Solely as a correction to last week’s letter to the editor (“Florida’s Native Plants Have Many Benefits,” Sunday, May 15): The recommendations we, as a group of the city’s leading landscape architects , made to the Mayor and City Council regarding the current Native Ordinance were landscape architects, not landscape designers.

I’ll let the other signatories respond, but SMI Landscape Architecture’s experience has been honored over the years as follows:

  • Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in 1995
  • The Palm Beach Garden Club in 1997, 2014, 2019
  • Arthur Ross Award in the Landscape Architecture category awarded by The Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America (New York) in 2010, and others in 2014 and 2019
  • Palm Beach Chamber Award in 2012
  • Lesly S. Smith Landscape Award in 2013, 2016 and 2019
  • FNGLA Award of Excellence for Residential Garden in 2013
  • 2017 American Society of Landscape Architects Florida Chapter Award
  • Thomas N. Armstrong III Award (New York School of Interior Design) in 2018
  • Area Civic Improvement Award, The Garden Club of America in 2019
  • 2021 Civic Association City Beautification Award

These 16 distinctions designate our firm as an expert on plant subjects, including native ones.

Jorge Sanchez,

SMI landscape architecture