The Dedication Ceremony of the Florida HeritageLandmark Marker for Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens Draws a Crowd
Gotha – On Thursday, May 9th, supporters packed Nehrling Gardens to attend the Dedication Ceremony of the Florida Heritage Landmark Marker for Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens. Hundreds toured the garden and home of the internationally-renowned horticulturalist, naturalist, botanist, ornithologist, and writer known as the “Patron Saint of Florida Gardens”.
The Dedication Ceremony took place at 10:00 am, led by the Honorable Scott Boyd (Orange County Commissioner, District 1) and was attended by a number of Central Florida’s civic and business leaders.
“The tremendous support we have received from the community is humbling and so encouraging” said Angela Withers, President of Nehrling Gardens “We have already lost so many of Florida’s cultural, historical, and natural resources - especially here in Central Florida - and it’s past time to save, strengthen, and grow the ones we have left”.
The event demonstrated Nehrling Gardens’ significance to the State of Florida, especially to Florida’s horticultural industry. Dr. Nehrling introduced and tested over 3,000 new and rare species of plants and trees, with over 300 of these becoming the lifeblood to Florida’s horticulture industry today. May 9th was symbolic not only because it marked Henry Nehrling’s 160th birthday but also commemorates the Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ proclamation of May 9, 2009 as Henry Nehrling Day.
The Florida Heritage Landmark Marker for Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens is made possible by the support of the Henry Nehrling Society, Rotary Club of Windermere, Bloom & Grow Garden Society, Windermere Garden Club, and The Florida Department of State.
Nehrling Gardens is owned and operated by a local nonprofit volunteer organization whose focus is rehabilitating Dr. Nehrling's historic home and gardens, creating new teaching gardens, and providing a historical, horticultural, and environmental enrichment center for the community.