The land surrounding the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901) started out as barren park land. But with the help, donations, and labor of our members and supporters, our garden is growing!
Below: Bleeding Heart is the vine that is climbing up the west side of the front porch at the Bidwell Wood House. Like most of the other plants in the garden, it was donated. A landscape committee tends the garden, but friends who find satisfaction (and exercise) in pulling weeds, pruning and planting are always welcome to join in.
Below: Bright red pentas line the brick path leading from parking area to the front porch of the Bidwell-Wood House in Pioneer Park, the home of the Historical Society. The landscape committee chose red flowers to reference the red front door of the Crocker Memorial Church. Pentas love full sun, can get by with minimal watering and are hardy.
Below: Currently,we have one hibiscus bush in the members garden at the Historical Society. It’s on the east side of the Bidwell-Wood House near the front porch. This bush was donated to the garden by a member. That’s how we get most of our plants, so if you have a cutting or a plant that is Florida friendly and needs a home, bring it to Pioneer Park and add to the botanical history that is growing strong.
Below: Perhaps you’ve noticed the brick walkways in our garden. You can be a part of the garden with your sponsorship of a brick, in your name, your family;s or friend’s name, or as a memorial tribute to someone you loved who loved history and Sarasota. Click to learn more.