With monies raised through donors, family foundations, and the annual soiree, the Garden Fund has initiated and financed several botanical enhancement projects in Pinecrest Gardens. By working with the Garden’s horticulturist in assessing the areas of greatest need, the targeted improvements that have thus far been made have had a significant and positive impact on some of the Garden’s most frequented sites.
To date, the Garden Fund has financed $173,433.84 in projects including:
5/07…$8,000 Restoration of the “Garden in the Trees”, a canopy of orchids, bromeliads, and ferns nestled in the tall oaks.
5/08…$7,000 Colonnade Area renovation – Overgrown and infested with weeds; cleared and replanted with a variety of tropical foliage.
12/08…$1,500 Purchase and installation of two golden Royal Poinciana trees.
12/09…$18,950 Installation of the “Hidden Garden”, a pathway, plantings, and a seating area with benches in the previously overgrown and inaccessible hardwood hammock section.
9/10…$18,260 Restoration of the Terrace Garden, including cleanup and replanting of 5,000 sq. ft. adjacent to one of the most highly visible areas of the Garden.
5/11…$14,000 Planting of the “Rainforest Grotto” adjacent to the former alligator pits in the lower garden.
9/11…$3,600 Extensive clean-up of the Hidden Garden, the Terrrace Garden, and the Colonnade Area.
1/12…$5,500 Planting of Banyan West area
7/12…$3,300 Planting of Banyan West Phase II
7/12…$8,800 Resurfacing and tiling the Hidden Garden Pathway
11/12…$1050 Founders’ Wall Bench
4/13…$15,000 Caribbean Hammock Garden
6/13…$690 Brass plaques for the Caribbean Hammock and the Charles Frazier Evans Garden
8/13…$1,380 Four brass plaques for Garden Fund project sites
8/14…$5,245 Refurbishing of the landscape at Red Road Entrance
9/14…$12,730 Swan Lake restoration project
9/14…$2,380.55 Horticulturist’s wish list items
8/15…$6,000 Smithsonian Matching Grant
9/15…$3,600 Maintenance on projects
10/16…$600 Promotional video of the Gardens
4/16…$1,975.50 Ten Years of Gardening Excellence; Ten points of color
7/16..$1,200 Maintenance of Caribbean Garden
8/16…$250 Photographing projects
Total to date…$137,385.55
7/17…$751.85 Cypress Hall plantings
10/17…$500 Before and after Hurricane Irma video of the Gardens
12/17/17…$3,162 Replanting section of the Meadow
Total to date…$141,799.84
2/21/18….$1,500 50% deposit for Tyler Schwartz design for 2nd phase of Meadow replanting and Caribbean Garden revamp
5/18….$12,382.35 Renovation and replanting of the Meadow and Caribbean Garden5/18….$1,500 Balance of Tyler Schwartz’s design fee
Total to date…$160,343.84
8/18…$2,500 Cycad donation for desert garden
11/18….$1,300 Trimming of Poinciana tree in zone 12
12/18….$750 Video 1 year post Irma
5/19….$2,715 Renovation of Caribbean Garden
7/19….$1,325 Large mosaic bench west of the entrance
8/19…$4,500 Coral rock bench for Hidden Garden.
In their efforts to assist the Village of Pinecrest in their ongoing maintenance of Pinecrest Gardens, the Fund’s Board of Directors is continuously seeking sites that call for attention and enrichment. The Garden is a living entity that is forever changing and growing, and we are steadfast in our dedication to the belief that it contains the potential to be one of the most important botanical treasures in South Florida.