- To create a greater awareness and appreciation of The
Milton Gardens and encourage the use of The Milton Gardens as a public
garden to promote a better neighborhood and community.
- To provide funds for the Richard K. Schoellhorn
Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to students of the
Environmental Horticulture programs on the Milton Campus of the
University of Florida.
- To expand the role of The Milton Gardens to foster
research and provide Horticultural Education Programs through
partnerships with schools, community organizations, and the horticulture
- To provide operational funds for implementation of
research, community outreach, and educational programs of The Milton
Gardens by soliciting gifts, bequests, grant funds, volunteer time,
equipment, materials, services, and art.
The Milton Gardens are located within a 3-acre area of the
PSC Milton campus that was cleared in 1995 for the construction of
greenhouse, shade house and nursery production facilities for the
University of Florida teaching program. After the construction of
permanent facilities, the first plant production classes and the Master
Gardeners from Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties contributed countless
hours to plant and maintain the nearly 2 acres of trial and
demonstration gardens as designed by Dr. Richard K. Schoellhorn and Dr.
Mack Thetford. The facility has since become a destination within
Northwest Florida and a very popular location for many garden clubs,
horticulture study groups, homeowners, visiting scientists and school
classes to visit, study or photograph.
In 2004 The Friends
of the Gardens organization (FOG) was formed to financially support the
Gardens, and offer scholarships to Milton Campus horticulture students,
at both Pensacola State College and University of Florida. They do this
with dues, sponsoring the April “Emerald Coast Flower and Garden
Festival”, selling commemorative or memorial bricks, the educational
“Short Course North” in August, and various other fund raisers.
forms partnerships with several horticultural organizations that donate
plants to the gardens, while FOG purchases plants and hardscapes for
the gardens, offers quarterly programs on gardening, a quarterly
newsletter, free plants at the yearly “members only, plant grab”, and
provides an annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and instructional
FOG members, Master Gardeners and other volunteers also
physically maintain the Gardens.
Many hands make the workload light. MUCH help is needed to maintain the
Gardens. Working in the Gardens is also educational.