Chuck Nicholls stands with the dedication plaque.

The Equality Park Garden Club will proudly dedicate its garden on Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. This special dedication is years in the making.

Greg Kabel

More than two years ago, the Community Foundation of Florida provided a grant for the development of the Pride Center’s Pavilion area. At the same time, a benefactor contributed $20,000 to the Equality Plant Garden Club to enhance the Eastern section of the garden. The garden consists of plants native to Florida. 

The mission of the garden club is to educate and inform individuals of plants that grow well in South Florida. The club currently has about 75 members. 

“The garden club will continue to enhance the outdoor area of the campus as dollars become available through donations. Working with The Pride Center, we are encouraging individuals to make donations to further enhance the garden, including three primary outdoor sculptures. Several major Florida nurserymen have indicated they will be donating trees that may be planted in-lieu of some of the lesser trees that had been planted earlier,” said Chuck Nicholls, President of the Equality Park Garden Club. 

The dedication of the garden will take place prior to the EPGC meeting that evening. Craig Morell, the Chief Horticulturist of Pinecrest Gardens, will be the guest speaker, and the title of his presentation is "Turning Your Outdoor Living Space into Your Own Tropical Paradise."   

The EPGC meets the third Wednesday of each month except in December. The EPGC also sponsors the annual Tropical Plant Fair. The next TPF will be held on March 14-15, 2015. The Pride Center at Equality Park is located at 2040 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors.

For more information about the Equality Park Garden Park, visit http://www.pridecenterflorida.org.