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The Valencia Peace Garden

July 18, 2017

The Pine Lily Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (in Osceola County) has contributed the design for a local pollinator garden on the campus of Valencia College.  The garden is called “The Valencia Peace Garden” and will house a memorial to the Valencia students that perished in the Pulse club shooting on June 12, 2016.  The garden will contain a grass amphitheater for Native Plant outdoor education and a 100% native plant pollinator garden containing both host and nectar plants.

Valencia College will match funds and Pine Lily Chapter is currently initiating a fund raising program to pay for the installation of this demonstration garden. 

On Earth day, Saturday, April 21, 2018, the first annual “Native Plant Festival” will be held in Osceola County.  The festival will include a native plant sale, speakers and interpretive tours at the pollinator garden site.  Because funding is not currently in place, the pollinator garden may not be installed in the next year or two; however, Pine Lily Chapter hopes to build financial support by hosting the Native Plant Festival on the proposed site.

Click here to see the garden design

For more information on this project or to support this endeavor, please contact FNPS at