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Winter Park Community Foundation Selects Mead Garden for Grant Award

New donors to MBG can help "unlock" a $19,000 grant award from the Winter Park Community Foundation! 

Mead Botanical Garden (MBG) is excited to announce that it has been selected as a grant award winner by the Winter Park Community Foundation during the Foundation’s recent Grant Round held in collaboration with Rollins College’s “Impact Investing” undergraduate course. The Winter Park Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Central Florida Foundation.

The capacity-building award is made to MBG Inc. in two parts:

What's all the Quacking About? The Great Duck Derby!

The next Great Duck Derby scheduled for February 27, 2016.

This year we had a slightly damp day in the great outdoors at the Great Duck Derby! 

Click here to see or download photos from the day.

Thank you, air potato warriors!

Thanks to all the volunteers who braved the weather and came out for the 3rd Annual Air Potato Raid on Saturday, January 24. We had 40 volunteers who clocked 100 hours to collect a total of 146 lbs of potatoes! Amazing! 

Since the release of the air potato beetles in August, we've seen a huge reduction in air potato vines, and subsequently, in air potatoes. So finding them this year was a lot more challenging than in the past. Volunteers had to go deep into some of Mead's wet and wooded areas to find them. 

Mead Garden salutes Randy Knight!

Link to Photos from Randy's Celebration

Join us Friday, January 30 for a celebration honoring Randy Knight for his significant contribution to Mead Botanical Garden and the Central Florida community.
Program at 10a.m. with reception to follow. 


Winter birding in Mead Garden

Although we haven't seen the variety of birds that we have in spring or fall, there is plenty to see during the winter months in Mead Botanical Garden if you take some time to look.

Our winter residents include flocks of yellow-rumped and palm warblers, especially down in the wetland area. We've seen robins, goldfinches, wrens and catbirds.

While on the boardwalk, keep an eye out for the hermit thrush. In the creek by the cement bridge, there have been several wood ducks. They are shy and usually keep hidden back in the bushes, but are worth the effort to spot them. Other water birds can be seen along the creek and in the pond.


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