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Come see our new staghorn ferns

A special thank you to Laurie Heatley and her family for their in-kind donations of Platyceriums, also known as staghorn ferns, to the Legacy Garden. Their uniquely shaped fronds can be seen hanging from the large oak trees to the left as you enter the garden from S. Denning Drive.

Volunteer Profile: Bill Frazier

If you’re seeing more and more palms around the garden, we have Bill Frazier to thank for his selective donations! Bill is one of MBG's devoted "Dream Team" volunteers. He joined MBG in 2011 as our first volunteer to work with horticulturalist Randy Knight in restoring the Legacy Garden and Greenhouse. Over the years, he has worked effortlessly at bringing back the gardens and the legacy of T.L. Mead by contributing his own personal collection of palms. 

Thank you to MBG's generous supporters!

The Mead Botanical Garden Trustees give special thanks to the following for their recent plant donations:

Cool-colored Caladiums are popping up everywhere!

The tropical plants show their color during the summer and fall months from June to October.  In 2012, volunteers took to their knees and planted hundreds upon hundreds of bulbs donated to the garden by caladium grower Bates Sons and Daughters of Lake Placid, Florida. In business for over 65 years, Bates' caladiums are known throughout the horticultural industry for their quality, size, and vigor. Their website is a wealth of information. Visit www.caladiumsonline.com.

Discover new trails to the Clay Pit Ponds

If you have trekked through Mead Garden lately, you probably noticed all the newly planted azaleas northeast of the Legacy Garden Greenhouse. What you may not have seen is a small opening amidst the azaleas. Here you’ll find the hidden entrance to a new trail leading down the slope to the historic Clay Pit Ponds.

A few steps onto the trail, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a lush sub-tropical oasis, surrounded by native flora and fauna, overlooking the breathtaking lily ponds. Not only beautiful, these ponds serve a purpose. They are part of the city’s storm water management system.

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