#GardenClubJax joined the people raising support for the Centennial Garden at Historic Willow Branch Park on July 14. Richard Ceriello, president of the AIDS Memorial Project of Northeast Florida, has been working to improve the park for several years. His organization has planted trees in the park to commemorate those who died of HIV/AIDS. Now they have a plan for a lush garden featuring native plantings in addition to public art and reforestation.
He and Theresa Parlato formed the Plant Parenthood Facebook group with a focus on developing and celebrating gardening arts among members of the Jacksonville LGBTQ community. They’ve been working with landscape architect Scott Dowman and D. Scott Fraser of Design Development Architecture on the long-term plans for Willow Branch Park, which you can support here.