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Native Flags: Get a Flag and Tree

Get your Flag and Native Tree

Step 1 - Step 2 - Step 3
Want to plant a flag and tree?  Follow these three easy steps.

Step 1:
Make a project flag and get a native tree

Make your Native Flag:
1.  Recommended flag size 24” wide x 18” high. 
  • Tip: use a durable lightweight material that may be cut with pinking shears and not fray.
  • 100% cotton or canvas with a tight weave work best for fabric painting and markers. 
  • Also be sure to pre-wash new fabrics to remove sizing and starches. 
  • For used material such as older linens wash in vinegar to remove soap, detergent body oil build-up. 
  • Do not use starch or fabric softeners and dyer sheets. 
2. Iron out the fabric. 

3. Protect your work surface and prevent paints from seeping through by placing cardboard or a plastic or vinyl table cloth under your flag. 

4. Suggested Supplies: acrylic paints, paint brushes, markers, fabric glue, buttons, bottle caps, fabric scraps, feathers or other lightweight recycled objects being careful not to weigh the flag down and inhibit the flags ability to fly in the wind. Get creative and have fun! This is not a contest. 

5. Attach flag banner to a wooden dowel or bamboo rod 4‟ to 5‟ long by ½” – ¾” diameter. 

Get  your Native Tree:

Selecting your native tree:
What native trees can you plant in your front lawn? Click your Florida region below to find a native tree for you.  If you don't live in one of these three areas, please consult your local native plant society to see which native trees are ideal for you to plant alongside your green project flag.
  • South Florida See Reclamation Project exhibit of 12 native trees at Deering Estate at Culter, Palmetto Bay, Florida (click here for list of 12 native trees featured).
  • Treasure Coast (Martin and St. Lucie Counties): See Reclamation Project exhibit of Treasure Coast's 6 native trees at Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Ft. Pierce, Florida (click here for list of 6 native trees featured).
  •  Pinellas County (and Tampa Bay area):  See Reclamation Project exhibit of Tampa Bay's 6 native trees at Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo, Florida  (click here for list of 6 native trees featured).

Please contact your local chapter of the (e.g.: local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society) to determine which native species are suitable for planting in your yard.  To learn about caring for your native tree, please click here.
 2004 - 2013


Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Reclamation Project 



Native Flags

The Reclamation Project and Native Flags are participatory eco-art projects by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada.  

In South Florida, they are presented in coordination with our project partners:

FIU Office of University Sustainabiity
MDC Earth Ethics Institute

Copyright 2006-2013 
Xavier Cortada