The City of Winter Park, Mead Botanical Garden, Inc. and hundreds of volunteers have come together to restore Mead Botanical Garden and the response has been incredibly rewarding! In 2003, MBG Inc. (then called Friends of Mead Garden) developed a strategic plan that led to the City contracting for a master plan for Mead Garden. In the years since, the City has continued its partnership with MBG Inc. to revitalize and maintain the Garden as a place for people with a variety of interests and backgrounds to enjoy.
The City began by funding a necessary and on-going spraying program for control of invasive vines. Plant collections nearly lost to invasive vines have been saved through this program and regular tending by loving hands of dedicated volunteers.
What was once a City maintenance building was repurposed by MBG Inc. as the Discovery Barn and Learning Center. It now serves as home base for the Mead Young Naturalist Summer Camp program and other educational endeavors by MBG Inc.
In FY2011 and 2012 the City made another substantial commitment to the on-going operations and improvement of the garden, approving $200,000 of operating and capital funding in support of this 47-acre urban oasis.
From the beginning of this project to restore the garden, partners in the community have generously given time and money. Along with the City, another long-term partner includes the: