News from the Green Horizon

September 27 |New Signs Welcome Public to Lewis Arboretum and Parrott Trail

This summer Green Horizon Land Trust installed signs at Lewis Arboretum along Overlook Drive, Winter Haven, FL. The signs help the public locate the property, park their cars and find the trail.

The signs were donated by Talbot Lewis, who also donated the 42-acre parcel to Green Horizon Land Trust in March, 2011. The "arboretum," named in honor of Talbot's son, Michael V. Lewis, contains a mix of native and exotic ornamental plants reflecting Polk County's horticultural heritage. On February 18, 2013, the gates opened for the public. The property now hosts a community park with a 1.4 mile trail named in honor of Luther Parrott, past executive director of Green Horizon, complete with strategically placed benches along the trail.

Read more about it here.


March 2 | Green Horizon Land Trust Annual Dinner

Bok Tower Garden


Our annual membership meeting and dinner at Bok Tower Gardens celebrates our appreciation for Florida's open spaces. We began with a guided hike followed by the reception featuring music by Changes Jazz Combo.

Everglades Headwaters MapOur dinner program featured Rick Dantzler, USDA Farm Service Agency Director and Past Florida Senator and Representative. His presentation, Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area - A Template for Future Large Scale Land Conservation Areas, demonstrated both the promise and challenges of cooperative effort on behalf of Florida's natural heritage. (Click for larger image).

Rick Dantzler is also the 2014 recipient of the Blazing Star Award, given annually to honor those who have made significant contributions to the preservation of environmentally sensitive lands or environmental education.

The silent auction included an original acrylic framed painting from Tom Freeman (The Peace River at Ft. Meade), original Sharon Creedon art piece, Paul Shultz and Diane Pierce prints as well as a bundle of other items and raffles. Read more....


 December 19 | Longleaf Pine Tree Planting at Pedersen Preserve

Pine Planting 2013.12Four thousand (4,000) longleaf pine trees were planted at Pedersen Preserve (S. Scenic Highway 17, Dundee, FL) the morning of Thursday, December 19, 2013 as part of the planned pine tree restoration project on five (5) acres of old citrus grove fronting Hwy. 17. 

This planting (and holiday season) kicked off our Plant - A - Tree Gift Certificate fundraiser. For each Certificate purchased, a longleaf pine tree will be planted at Pedersen Preserve, Dundee, FL, on behalf of the recipient.  Each tree may be purchased for $10.  Gift recipients will receive a Plant - A – Tree Certificate and map with directions to Pedersen Preserve to enable them to visit the pine forest, hike the trails and enjoy the preserve now and into the future as their pine tree (and the pine forest) grows.  Plant - A - Tree Gift Certificates are available year round for special events, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

Plant – A – Tree Certificates are made possible through Green Horizon Land Trust’s, Plant – A – Tree Certificate Program. Plant – A – Tree is a local, central Florida program providing families, schools, and communities with fun, hands-on opportunities to plant trees or simply gift trees that will be planted on the recipients behalf. All trees will be planted in Central Florida and are native species that help protect and restore natural areas that provide habitat for wildlife.  


September 28 | National Public Lands Day

Volunteers from one Girl Scout Troop and one Brownie Troop participated in trail maintenance activities at Pedersen Preserve (S. Scenic Highway 17, Dundee, FL) the morning of Saturday, September 28, 2013.  Thank you!




July 27 | Ridge Ranger's Melaleuca Tree Removal Workday

Invasive exotic Melaleuca trees were cut and treated with herbicide along the shoreline of Lake Annie at Pedersen Preserve (S. Scenic Highway 17, Dundee, FL) the morning of Saturday, July 27, 2013.  Thank you to the more than one dozen Ridge Ranger volunteers who worked to make this day a success! 






March 10 | Green Horizon Land Trust Annual Dinner at Bok Tower

bok tower garden

It was a lovely evening at Bok Tower Garden! Sixty-five people joined us at Bok to bask in the beautiful weather, heard the soothing sounds of "Changes Jazz Combo," presented the Blazing Star Award to Buck and Linda Cooper, heard Reinier Munguia speak about Biodiversity and honored Lou Parrott with the naming of the Luther C. Parrott Trail at Michael V. Lewis Arboretum. This event once more highlighted the importance of community to achieving our conservation goals. 

March 5 | Bok Gardens Nature Trail Opens Onto Pine Land Preserve

At 9:00 am on March 1, 2013, David Price, President of Bok Tower Gardens (also President of Green Horizon Land Trust), presided over the ribbon cutting that opened a 1.5 mile trail that winds through open lands surrounding Bok Tower Gardens. The preserve with its hiking trails, educational and interpretive signage, picnic shelters, recreational opportunities, and restoration work is the product of a partnership between Green Horizon Land Trust and Bok Tower Gardens, with the help and support of many other organizations. Read more....

February 23 | Grand Opening of Michael V. Lewis Arboretum and Parrott Trail

More than 40 hikers joined us in celebrating the culmination of work to provide public access to this unique 42 acres of Florida Heritage in February.  It's never too late to walk the trails and explore the largest collection of palms you'll encounter in central Florida. This hidden treasure is now protected forever due to the generosity of Tal Lewis who donated the Polk county landscape he had shaped and tended for over forty years... more

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