For those who haven't been to this garden for either of tours or for a personal showing, you're missing out. Luckily, not for long. The new botanical garden is slated to open in Fall 2022.
For those familiar with the thread in the Travel Logs regarding Dr. John Rossi's Garden tour for the joint CFPACS + FCPCS meeting, you know how wonderful this garden was the first time. Now, the private garden is taking the next step and will become a botanical garden and nature preserve.
CFPACS and FCPCS had their Joint Holiday Meeting this weekend and were treated to a preview of coming attractions. Currently, the garden is home to over 300 species of palms and over 50 species of cycads. The garden also includes an area of "untouched" Florida, with tons of Sabal minor, Sabal palmetto and Serenoa repens under deciduous hardwoods.
You can see the new website here: https://www.stjohnsbotanicalgarden.org/
Here are a few photos from the meeting/preview:
Getting the site ready:
The original entrance:
The new entrance:
New plant tags:
A Bizzie and Beccariophoenix near one of the old Agave gardens:
Where we parked three years ago is now tons of understory plants:
Staging area for the auction plants:
Getting the membership booth set up:
The work truck:
For more information about this meeting, visit: