The Florida-Friendly Gardens at the Historical Society

We have a very dedicated crew of gardeners here on our campus in Pioneer Park. If you are interested in native plants, Florida-friendly gardens, or just messing around in the dirt, we’d love to have you join us!

HSoSC vice-president Marsha Fottler sent along these photos of our garden to tempt you into visiting and enjoying the Historical Society:

Below: The rain lilies in our members garden at the Historical Society were a gift from past president Viola Goldberg. They mingle with gerbera daisies, pentas, and a crape myrtle. Members who want to donate plants to the garden should call Marsha Fottler at 371-8593. It’s how our garden grows.

Rain lilies in the Florida-friendly gardens at the Historical Society of Sarasota County at 1260 12th Street, Sarasota FL, in Pioneer Park

Below: We have two pineapple plants in our HSOSC garden. They were planted by a member, Phil Stevens. The local squirrels are watching them as closely as Linda, our site manager. Last year those clever thieves got to enjoy a pineapple before we could harvest it. Pineapples are easy to grow. Cut off the top, let it dry out for a day and then plant it. Slowly, over the next year or so, a pineapple will emerge.

Pineapples in Sarasota, at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, 12th St & Tamiami Trail, in Pioneer Park

Below: Around the pine trees at Pioneer Park, the landscape committee has installed bromeliads and dwarf heliconias. They are hardy, need little water or care and reward us with wonderful color and texture. All of these plants were donated to the HSOSC members garden by friends of the Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church. We strive to keep the garden Florida-friendly.

 Around the pine trees at Pioneer Park, the landscape committee has installed bromeliads and dwarf heliconias. They are hardy, need little water or care and reward us with wonderful color and texture. All of these plants were donated to the HSOSC members garden by friends of the Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church. We strive to keep the garden Florida-friendly.

Below: Perhaps you’ve noticed the brick walkways in our garden. You can be a part of the garden with your sponsorship of a brick, in your name, your family;s or friend’s name, or as a memorial tribute to someone you loved who loved history and Sarasota. Click to learn more.

Bricks at Bidwell-Wood House

Stay tuned! More information on the gardens at the Historical Society of Sarasota County coming soon…. and meanwhile, drop by Pioneer Park anytime to see what’s growing!

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