Interested in learning about native Northwest Florida plants and ecosystems? Head over to the Northwest Florida State College South Walton campus and explore the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
The Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail is a joint project of the Walton County Master Gardeners, Northwest Florida State College, and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. This trail was developed to familiarize residents, visitors, and students with some of the most common native trees, shrubs and wildflowers that thrive in this small ecosystem in South Walton County.
The multi-modal trail wraps around the south-and-western edge of the college’s South Walton Center. There are interpretive markers along the trail which provide educational information on various plant species. The garden demonstrates best practices for the use of native plants, water conservation, and other Florida-friendly gardening techniques for the home landscape.
The easily navigated trail was well planned out and offers something for most every nature lover. The area boasts creative sculptures and painting by local artisans, a meditation area, seating, and is also ADA accessible. The area also connects to the larger Creek Trail.
Click here to download TRAIL GUIDE
For more information, contact the NWFSC South Walton Center at (850) 200-4160. South Walton Center of NWF State College is located at 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is hosting a guided tour each Wednesday in Sept. and Oct. at 3 p.m. “Getting to Know the Natives- Garden & Trail Tour.” Cost is $15. Learn more by clicking here.