Science Says: Urban Habitat 101

Julia Strasius, News/Design Editor

Urban Habitat, a nature center and landscaping business, has various locations in places such as Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. 

Since its opening, Urban Habitat has designed over 400 habitats and urban landscapes. Their designs seek to bring beauty to various parts of South Florida while simultaneously appreciating native populations of endangered plants and animals. 

Urban Habitat Farm Store, located in North Miami, nurtures more than 200 species of unique plants and animals. Some of the many native populations seen at their location include: Atala butterflies, painted buntings, hummingbirds, caterpillar species, Joewood, Rosemallow hibiscus, bees and dragonflies. 

The store provides a special place to experience and get a firsthand look at unique plants and animals. Biodiversity surrounds the nursery, giving an individual the opportunity to watch butterflies fly by, caterpillars munch on leaves and squirrels run past. 

Urban Habitat has worked on several community projects in Florida. Currently, they are working on a Pinecrest Urban Forest project. The goal of this Miami-Dade project is to establish a unique and biodiverse forest in an urbanized area. 

Urban Habitat’s slogan, “Think Beyond the Hedge,” recognizes their effort to incorporate sustainability into all of their landscapes and centers. 

Urban Habitat Farm Store closed on June 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing them to organize farm delivery and landscape via email. However, under normal circumstances they originally operated each week from Wednesday to Sunday. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, they operated from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Fridays they operated from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.