The Bloom & Grow Garden Society has been quite active during our 24 years in the West Orange community. We take our mission statement seriously through our involvement in community service, landscape projects and financial support. Since the club’s inception, we have donated over $483,000 in our community and beyond. That includes $173,000 in college scholarships to students at Valencia College and University of Florida majoring in the plant sciences, environmental horticulture and landscape design.  We don’t just provide the funds. Many of our landscape projects involved hours of sweat equity by our members. 

During the 2021 club year, we awarded funds for scholarships to the University of Florida for students enrolled in a degree program in horticulture, landscaping, horticultural science, forest resources or conservation and natural resources conservation. Valencia College students received funds for students enrolled in the Horticultural Science AA program or working to obtain a certificate in Landscape and Horticulture.


Cash grants were also awarded to Grow Orlando, Ocoee High School Horticultural Program, Nehrling Gardens, Oakland Nature Preserve, Habitat for Humanity, Tildenville Elementary School, and the Heritage Foundation.


We want to thank all of you in our community who have supported us throughout the years. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your support.

You can help support our mission

Here is where we have made a difference to overall quality of life in our area:

Community Service & Landscape Projects

  • Co-sponsored with the City of Winter Garden the annual Spring Fever in the Garden festival. Proceeds fund scholarships and community activities.

  • Created and established the Path of Life, a meditation/memorial garden at Chapin Station on the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden.

  • Planted 1000 Trees for 1000 Years in one day at Tucker Ranch, a 209 acre Recreational Park and Nature Preserve in Winter Garden.

  • Created and identified heritage and specimen trees throughout Winter Garden. Collected history and stories about the trees. Developed a Heritage Tree Walking Tour and map for the public to enjoy by scanning the labels for history and other information. Entered the Winter Garden trees in a national date base for posterity.

  • Presented nurses at hospital facilities in the West Orange area with thank you plants for Nurses week during the covid 19 lockdown.

  • Created and installed a sensory garden for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, West Orange campus in Winter Garden.

  • Designed and installed landscaped for Habitat for Humanity.

  • Designed and installed landscape at the Christian Service Center, Ocoee.

  • Landscaped Mathews Hope transitional homes and assisted with their vegetable garden.

  • Landscaped for Home at Last program for wounded military families in West Orange county.

  • Annual Arbor day tree plantings in West Orange and Lake country areas.

  • Landscaped the gazebo in Oakland Town Square.

  • Landscaped the Palm Park Gazebo in Windermere.

  • Landscaped the entryway at the Winter Garden Art Association.

  • Established a Junior Garden Club at Windy Ridge Elementary School.

  • Maintain and plant the Butterfly Garden along the West Orange Trail.

  • New landscaping, bench and trellis with queen’s wreath vine for entrance to Health Central Park Nursing & Rehab Facility, Winter Garden.

Financial Support

  • Award cash scholarships each year to students in horticultural and environmental studies at the University of Florida and Valencia College. 

  • Funds were given to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Florida for their horticulture program.

  • Contribute to Oakland Nature Preserve to aid the restoration and preservation of 130 acres adjacent to Lake Apopka includes butterfly plantings for the sandhill community and wood duck nesting boxes.

  • Contribute to downtown Winter Garden beautification efforts

  • Contribute to future environmental/educational kiosks at Tucker Ranch.

  • Contribute to preservation of Nehrling’s Home and Garden, an historical botanical garden offering education for all age groups.

  • Contributed to the renovation of the Garden Theater.

  • Contributed to Windermere and Ocoee streetscapes.

  • Present donations of horticultural and environments books to West Orange and South Lake County elementary and middle schools.

  • Support Lake County Extension 4-H projects.

  • Support of youth education programs that stress the strong agricultural history at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundations. Benefits over 3000 students.

  • Supported Orlando Health School Garden Project for elementary schools in Winter Garden.

  • Sponsored annual scholarships at the Wekiva Summer Environmental Camp.

You can help support our mission

Bloom & Grow Garden Society is a designated 501(c)(3); Registration#:CH23240. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. 1-800-435-7352