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Open Christmas Day!

The Garden is open Christmas Day from sunrise to sunset, so bring the family and enjoy a morning or afternoon walk together around Winter Park's natural place. 



Monarch Waystation Planting, November 15

Grab your gloves and join us on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and help us build a home for the monarchs! 

You’ve probably heard that monarch populations have been on the decline due to significant habitat loss. Specifically, they are losing their larval food source, milkweed, which grows in many of the areas that we humans desire for development. Monarch caterpillars eat only milkeed, and monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed. So... no milkweed means no monarchs! 

Artist finds joy in updating mural

Look closely at the picture of Georgia Roark (right) taken during a recent visit to Mead Garden. Behind her you will see a lush landscape alive with wildlife, birds, trees, flowers and trails to explore. That beautiful scene is actually Georgia’s own work of art — a Mead Garden-inspired mural that adorns an outside wall of the Little Environmental building. Georgia, a well-known Winter Park artist, first painted the 40-foot long landscape several years ago.

Rollins Art Classroom Extends to Mead Garden

Mead Botanical Garden is the focal point for Professor Rachel Simmons and Dana Hardgrove’s freshman art classes.

The entire class of 40 walk together from the college campus with their paints, sketch pads, and cameras in hand. These newcomers from around the world, are becoming familiar with their new college town and their local garden.

Students are putting their talents to work as they use the natural landscapes at Mead as a source of inspiration and imagination, while spending time outdoors learning about Florida’s native wildlife and vegetation.

We give a warm welcome to the Rollins College freshman students to the gardens and we look forward to seeing another semester of impressive artwork.

Volunteer profile: Nancy Tyree


Back in the day, Nancy Tyree recalls, she would escape to Mead Garden at lunch time to relax in nature and rejuvenate before having to go back to work -- and sometimes find herself returning a little late! Retired since 2007, Nancy still comes to the garden regularly to relax, now as a Garden volunteer.   


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