Friends of the Gardens of Northwest Florida
"Growing something new in Northwest Florida."
Contact Information
Located on the campus of
Pensacola State College
5988 Hwy 90
Milton FL 32583
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Friends of the Gardens of
Northwest Florida
is a 501(c)(3) corporation

  and is a 
member of the
American Public Gardens Association

and also an
affiliate member of the
Florida Federation
of Garden Clubs, Inc.

Our Mission
  • 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 industry.
  • 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.
Our History

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.

FOG also 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 seminars. 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.
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