APGD 2015 Year in Review

It’s been a pretty big year here at the Audubon Park Garden District. As we make plans for 2016, I’ve been thinking a lot about the work we did, and our accomplishments, in 2015.

We launched our EcoDistrict initiative, in partnership with the Orlando’s sustainability program – Green Works. We also completed two EcoDistrict projects this year – the Pollinator Pathway Planters and the Pollinator Pocket Garden. The Pollinator Pathway Planters are the concrete planters you see along our business district and they are filled with Florida native and Florida friendly plants that help provide food and shelter to our pollinators. For this effort we received the City of Orlando’s Main Street Design Award for 2015. The Pollinator Pocket Garden, at the corner of Corrine Drive and Bennett Road, was completed in early December. This project, sponsored by our partner Green Up Orlando, is brimming with food, host plants and shelter for butterflies, moths and other pollinators in need.

APGD was also recognized as a Great American Main Street Award 2016 semifinalist by the National Main Street Center. As a friend of mine tells me – we are small, but mighty. Yes, out of over 2,000 Main Streets across the U.S. and Canada, tiny APGD was competitive alongside much larger and wealthier organizations and we are anxious to hear who wins when the announcements are made in May 2016.

2015 also saw:

The Inaugural Retro Modern Home Tour. This beautiful event drew visitors to our area from all around the state and even as far away as Atlanta.

Multiple free community events such as our Bastille Day Celebration, Kidsfest, and Zombietoberfest.

Successful advocacy with Orange County Public Schools on behalf of our partners and the public, who need access to parking when the new K-8 opens in 2017.

Continued community outreach with informative newsletters, Facebook page, Twitter account, Pinterest boards and an Instagram account – all making connections and keeping people engaged with the neighborhood.

Successfully gaining a larger community garden plot when the new K-8 opens in 2017.

Quarterly Sip and Strolls, connecting neighbors with neighbors and with businesses, too.

The creation of a Bee Safe zone in APGD, with the goal of reducing environmentally damaging systemic pesticide use in the community.

Quarterly trash pick up days, keeping trash and cigarette butts out of our storm water.

Why not support these efforts and become an APGD member today? You’ll enjoy discounts to our events all year long, plus you’ll be helping to support the kind of community you want to live in. Are you a lapsed member? Then there’s no time like now to renew!

Want to learn more about what we’ve been up to? Check out the results of our efforts in The New York Times, New York Magazine, USA Today, Garden and Gun Magazine, or visit our Facebook page.

Thanks for your support: we’ll see you around the neighborhood in 2016!
— Jennifer