Creating demonstration gardens: steps to success

L. Hickey


A tool often used to illustrate horticulture techniques is the use of demonstration gardens. Demonstration or teaching gardens offer visitors ideas to adopt into the individual’s landscapes, a platform to learn plant identification for a specific region’s climate, and a respite from a busy lifestyle. Specialty gardens can illustrate various themes like pollinator, sensory, edibles like vegetable, fruit or herbs, tropical, cactus, rose, bulbs, perennials, or children’s gardens to name a few. Besides acres of plant material, demonstration gardens include hands-on activities, educational workshops, interactive experiences, interpretative signage, and art. Developing demonstration gardens requires financial and material resources, extensive planning, timely construction, effective marketing, and a long-term maintenance plan.


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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283