Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club

Location: Apollo Beach, Florida Growing since: May 2020 Phase 1 The entrance next to the parking lot is the first place of contact for visitors of the Club and Bistro guests. As of now the entrance has been planted with various different plants and no clear theme. TID recommended working on all plantable areas of the front, meaning the area adjacent to the stairs and playground, the area bordering the main tennis court, parking lot islands, as well as the area bordering the parking lot. TID proposed to follow a Florida native/friendly theme. This will ensure low maintenance and beauty throughout all seasons. A Florida native theme will be proposed for other phases as well, in this way the main entrance will be reciprocal of these and will add continuity to the experience of the visitors. Adjacent to the parking lot is the event area. This garden should be treated as an “enchanted” space where all kinds of events and activities can be held. From weddings to yoga this space should mirror a Florida native landscape with a mystical touch, details that will enhance the experience of the users. The oaks throughout both spaces are the main characters, what follows is a set of 3 to 4 layers of native bushes, trees, and ground covers, some of which will also be useful in the restaurant as ingredients for food preparation.
Common name Example image Sign Description
American lotus Water plant, floating
Boardwalk / Dock Wooden dock
Cinnamon fern Ground cover, bush
Coco plum Small bush, can be shaped
Confederate jasmine Vine, can be shaped, non native
Coontie Ground cover, small bush, bright red seeds
Crinum lily Small bush, single specimen, over an extended period of time makes small pups
Elderberry Medium bush
Fire bush Medium to large bush, can be shaped
Flatwoods plum Single specimen, large tree
Fountain grass Non native, grass small bush
Gallardia Ground cover
Leather strap fern Small to medium sized bush
Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) Very large tree, single specimen
Mulch Hardwood mulch
Mulch path  
Native coffee Small to medium sized bush
Oak Existing Live Oak
Oak leaf hydrangea Small to medium sized bush, shade
Black pepper Not native, vine. For use in restaurant.
Peperomia “low” or “Florida” Ground cover, shade
Pickerel weed Water plant, for pond edge
Native Persimmon Single specimen, grows to large tree over an extended period of time, takes pruning well
Podocarpus Large tree, can be shaped
Pond apple Small to medium sized tree, lives in water
Sabal palmetto Single specimen, large palm
Sweetbay magnolia Single specimen, medium to large sized tree, grows well near water
Wax myrtle Small to medium sized tree
Water fountain For aeration purposes
Wolly Congea on pergola Non native, vine
Yaupon holly Small to medium sized bush