Swan Lake Restoration Project
The Charitable Fund underwrote the project of removing some very unsightly concrete retaining blocks in Swan Lake. The retaining blocks delineated a feeding area for the flamingos of Parrot Jungle. The Fund provided the funding to remove these unsightly blocks, returning the lake to its early and more natural appearance. Native limestone rocks were added to complete the lake border to define the lake bank, to great visual effect.
We have received wide acclaim for the restoration efforts. The results have markedly improved the appearance of the lake.
James Lawrence Memorial Caribbean Garden Project
James Lawrence was a landscape designer, businessman, and friend of the Garden Fund who passed away in March of 2013. He was the guiding force behind several of the Fund’s projects in Pinecrest Gardens, and through his artistic eye and extensive knowledge of local flora he created a powerful visual display in everything botanical that he devised. The Caribbean Hammock is a beautiful garden that Jim designed and the Garden Fund underwrote, and it is dedicated in gratitude to his memory.
The Hidden Garden
The Garden Fund created and installed the “Hidden Garden” – including a new pathway, plantings, and seating area into the previously overgrown and inaccessible hardwood hammock section.
Nestled in the historic landscape of Pinecrest Gardens is a one acre “Hidden Garden”. A natural preserve like no other in our region, it offers visitors a place to relax, learn, and experience the beauty of plants, trees, and nature.