Almost 50 volunteers turned out on Saturday, September 24 – National Public Lands Day – to clear land for Wekiwa Spring’s new Serenity Garden.
The Wekiva Wilderness Trust, the non-profit volunteer group that supports the work of the park, is creating the half-acre garden with the help of and guidance from Seminole County’s Florida Master Gardeners.
The garden will occupy disturbed land – formerly the site of a hotel - between the nature center and the main parking lot and will be surrounded by a tall hedge to keep out noise from surrounding areas. It will feature several plots of Florida native plants and other butterfly-attracting plants, sculptures, water features, benches and a winding trail accessible by all. It will also serve as an educational and environmental exhibit where visitors will be able to see, touch, smell and hear nature and learn about Florida friendly plants and sustainability.
Wekiwa Springs attracts almost 400,000 visitors a year and can be noisy with thousands of visitors filling the swimming and picnic areas. That is why the Trust came up with plans to build the serenity garden in a corner of the park as a quiet place for people to relax, contemplate and meditate while surrounded by the sounds of nature. It is believed to be the first such garden in any Florida state park.
The garden should be completed within a year at an estimated cost of $150,000 to $200,000 being raised from private donations.
For more information contact Don Philpott email@example.comTo learn more about the project go to https://serenity-wekiwa.com