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Volunteer Clean-up Day Postponed...

Dear Mead Botanical Garden Friends and Volunteers,


In the wake of Hurricane Irma, a storm of unprecedented size, it is our sincere hope that you and all your loved ones made it through with little or no damage.  The Garden wasn't so fortunate.  It remains temporarily closed due to unsafe conditions, especially numerous high level hanging branches that could come loose and fall to the ground at any time. The City and Mead staff are working toward reopening sections of the Garden.  

A Volunteer Clean-Up Day originally planned for Saturday morning, Oct. 1, has been postponed while the City crews continue their work.  We will keep you informed about reopening and special volunteer clean-up events through our Facebook page and website, www.meadgarden.org.

Some areas will likely be inaccessible for quite some time as the magnitude of damage is significant and varied greatly across the 47-acres. Trees are downed or damaged across the entire Garden. Water levels around Alice's Pond and Howell Creek are quite high.  Thankfully, the restored greenhouse and Legacy Garden was spared while tall pines crashed down all around just yards away. 

While recovery and replanting will take some time, we are deeply grateful that more damage was not incurred. 

The Garden's fall fundraiser, Woodstock Winter Park ~ A Groovy Garden Affair, will be held.  We are hopeful that we can come together for a great night of fun and music in the Garden on October 7!  If you haven't purchased your table or tickets, there's still time, but hurry! 


As expected, along with downed power lines, we have several toppled or snapped trees, dangerous branches dangling overhead and lots of debris to clear away. Some beautiful plants were destroyed, but we are happy to report that most of the camellias, the Butterfly Garden, Native Plant Garden and stately oaks in the Legacy Garden came through with surprisingly little damage thanks to preparatory efforts by Mead's dedicated horticulture volunteers and City staff.

 Volunteers Bill Frazier and Alice Mikkleson taking a break from storm preparations a few days before the storm.


If you or a group are interested in helping with our clean-up efforts, please send an email to Emily Smith at emily@meadgarden.org.  Please include your phone number.  She will be in touch as plans are made.


You also can help the Garden and ease the stress brought about by Hurricane Irma by attending the Garden's upcoming fall fundraiser -- Woodstock Winter Park, A Groovy Garden Affair - on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 7. Gather a group of your hippest friends for an informal, fun evening under the stars that includes dinner and a live concert featuring favorite songs of the late 60s preformed by Legacy. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Woodstock Winter Park will be held in the Garden. Mead thanks the STAR presenting sponsors, The Landmark ~ 140 East Morse and Florida Community Bank, along with all the sponsors for making the event possible. All proceeds benefit Mead Botanical Garden. Go to www.meadgarden.org for information about tickets and tables of eight and a complete list of generous sponsors.

A heartfelt thank you from all of us at Mead for your shared passion for the Garden and for helping with the recovery effort.


Cynthia Hasenau

Executive Director


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