Conservation of rare plants, animals, and ecosystems

Butterfly Attracting
Starter Plant Kits

Each butterfly starter kit contains 5 plants native to coastal landscapes of southern Palm Beach County: (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.

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.(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.

Price for the 5 plant kit: $90.00

Beach Dune & Coastal Grasslands
Starter Plant Kits

Each beach dune starter kit contains 5 plants native to the beaches and dunes of southern Palm Beach County. (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.

Price for the 5 plant kit: $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. (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.

Price for the 5 plant kit: $85.00

HOW WILL I GET MY PLANTS?

We will send you an email to arrange your plant pick-up. Delivery and planting within the area of south Palm Beach County can be arranged with the IRC for a modest fee. Some plant substitutions may be made when necessary.

Ocean Ridge residents: For more information please contact Kimberlee Pompeo, Florida Federation of Garden Club’s District X Vice Chair for the Barrier Islands at kimberleeinflorida@gmail.com

Support IRC’s Restoring the Gold Coast program by making a tax deductible donation here.

We are a nonprofit conservation organization exempt from taxes under U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3, Tax ID# 74-2336458.

NEED HELP FIGURING OUT WHERE TO PUT YOUR NEW PLANTS?

IRC’s Chief Conservation Strategist, George Gann, will be conducting on-site visits and evaluations of privately-owned properties on the barrier islands of southern Palm Beach County. He 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.

ABOUT THE IRC

A private non-profit organization, The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and long-term management of biodiversity on a regional basis, and to the prevention of regional extinctions of rare plants, animals and ecosystems.

Founded in 1984, IRC promotes an innovative approach to conservation. We seek to protect - and restore - viable populations of all plant and animal species within a region by designing conservation strategies powered by rich, geographically-distributed data. Our approach adds critical value to traditional conservation strategies focused on charismatic animals or species with small global ranges. This work is especially important in regions of the world where rapid fragmentation of habitats has been experienced, or is expected. For more than two decades we have focused our field work in Florida and the Caribbean, but we are also engaged in high-level dialog on ecological restoration and biodiversity targets more broadly around the world. To learn more the IRC go to regionalconservation.org

ABOUT IRC'S RESTORING THE GOLD COAST PROGRAM

Restoring the Gold Coast is a collaborative initiative to restore the incredible diversity of native plants and animals native to coastal beaches and dunes in southeastern Florida, along the historic Gold Coast from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach County. This two-pronged project mobilizes partnerships within the community to teach children and adults about environmental advocacy as they also learn about the importance of protecting our coastal dunes and work toward restoring damage done. Participants will be provided with rich opportunities to learn how biodiversity keeps our Earth healthy and ultimately keeps us healthy too. To learn more about the RGC program click here.

WHY DONATE TO THE IRC?

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. We're like the utility that keeps the lights on.

ORDER YOUR STARTER PLANT KITS OR MAKE A DONATION TODAY

WHAT OUR SUPPORTERS SAY

"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

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!