Chip Jones, Maeva Malloy, and Chuck Nicholls are hosting the first meeting of the newly proposed monthly garden club at Equality Park. At 7 PM on Wednesday April 21 guests are invited to walk the proposed memorial garden site on the Middle River, located at the South Eastern section of Equality Park. The garden club aspect of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.
“The garden will be part of the overall beautification of Equality Park,” said Chuck Nicholls who earned the degree of master gardener soon after his move to Southern Florida. “We hope that roughly 20% of the park will be devoted to a memorial garden.”
The proposed memorial garden is open to the memory of anyone, whether you commemorate a late partner, loved one, or 4-legged friend. Through memorial bricks with inscribed names the Pride Center garden club hopes to amass enough revenue to develop the gardens.
“We’d like to develop a gazebo within the next year and a half, which will be a striking centerpiece for Equality Park,” Nicholls added hopefully.
The inaugural meeting hopes to achieve 2 things at the same time, acquiring members for the garden club and attract founders to develop the memorial garden.
At the root of the garden club is the desire to disperse horticultural information through guest speakers that are gardening experts. Their first speaker is Jesse Durko of Jesse Durko’s Nursery, who will speak on public gardens.
Once the club is established the group might request a nominal membership fee, of less than $40 per household.
“We want it to be affordable, and that is a typical amount for community garden clubs,” Nicholls added.
So far about 40 people have responded to Jones, Malloy and Nicholls’ invitation to attend next Wednesday. The green space at Equality Park is already beautiful, but please attend to make the proposed memorial garden a verdant reality.