If you’ve ever stopped at Chapin Station off of the West Orange Trail, you’ve probably seen the tranquil and peaceful Path of Life tucked under a canopy of mature Oak trees. You’ve probably heard the quiet bubbling of a water fountain splashing int the pond, and read the names of Winter Garden families etched into the bricks beneath your feet. This peaceful retreat off of the trail is a project designed by The Bloom and Grow Garden Society, a gardening club in Winter Garden who’s mission is to “stimulate knowledge and love of gardening; To aid in protection of native plants and birds; To encourage civic plantings.”
Founded in 1997, this gardening club has contributed to the natural beauty and preservation of trees, bushes, and plants in the Winter Garden area, while giving over $400K in donations to local charities and non-profit organizations. “Spring Fever In The Garden” is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds from this fun and vibrant event go towards funding different nature projects and charitable donations throughout the city. Some of these projects and community service events include:
Contributions from The Bloom and Grow Garden Society have gone towards the Wekiva Summer Environmental Camp for children, landscaping portions of Downtown Winter Garden and purchasing bike racks for the new City Hall.
All it takes is a step outside in almost any part of Winter Garden to see the selfless work of the members of The Bloom and Grow Garden Society in this community.
This year, Spring Fever in the Garden will be held the weekend of April 6-7 in the beautiful downtown district of Winter Garden. The event is free to attend, open to the public, and pet friendly. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to support both local businesses and The Bloom and Grow Garden Society
Along with rows of local plant and garden vendors, the event will feature a sidewalk art contest, food booths, ans kid zone, there will be an “Ask The Experts” booth. This booth will give residents the opportunity to speak with experts in a particular field, ask questions, get advice, and learn something new.
According to The Spring Fever In The Garden’s Facebook page, the schedule for the “Ask The Experts Booth” is:
Saturday April 6th, 2019
9:00am- PRUNING TREES & SHRUBS- ED THRALLS, FCHP, APH, Faculty-Residential Horticulture, Master Gardener Coordinator, UF-Orange County Extension
11:00am- EDIBLE GARDENS, ROBERT BOWDEN, Executive Director of the City of Orlando’s renowned Leu Gardens, author and teacher
2:00 pm TROPICAL FRUITS, Lake County Master Gardeners – Carol Morris and Jack Pounders.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
11:00am- WEED CONTROL, TOM MacCUBBIN, UF Extension Agent Emeritus, author and Better Lawns & Gardens radio program host
1:00pm – GARDENS TO FLUTTER BY, TERESA WATKINS, owner Florida-Friendly landscape designer with Sustainable Horticultural environments
Another great feature about Spring Fever In The Garden is the free plant pick-up program. Seasoned participants know to bring wagons to haul all of their new, beautiful plants and trees home. But for those who buy more than they can carry, a system is in place that allows customers to pull their car right up to a designated area and load their new plants directly into their car.
Spring Fever In The Garden attracts people of all ages, which is why there is a designated Kidzone designed especially for the youngest gardeners in the city. This fun area will feature:
And all of that is just in the Kid-zone!
This event is designed to help Winter Garden residents appreciate the natural beauty of this small town, while supporting local businesses and connecting with neighbors at the same time.
Mark your calendar for April 6-7 to explore downtown Winter Garden, pick up a few new things for your garden, and support one of the most influential community service clubs in the area. Without The Bloom and Grow Garden Society, Winter Garden would not be the blossoming, beautiful, colorful, fragrant city that it is today.
If you’ve got a green thumb, you will love living in Winter Garden. Whether you are looking for a home with plenty of outdoor space to plant a garden, or you want to live in a place surrounded by trees and natural fauna, Erica Diaz and her team can help you find it. Want to know more about how to put your roots down in Winter Garden? Let Erica Diaz help plant you and your family in this beautiful city.