A 501(c)3 Charitable Organization
Your donation will enable us to continue supporting the needs of our community. In addition to the animal sanctuary, 2023 projects include the butterfly gardens and migrating species protection projects. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Gardenland Mission provides an abundance of host plants like milkweed, porter weed, and dutchman's pipe for both migrating and non-migrating butterflies. Monarchs enjoy the garden year round whereas zebras and swallowtails are seasonal visitors.
Our Plants for Pollinators program includes documentation and standardization of our process from plant selection through the closed-loop life cycle of the most accessible and successful pollinator plants in order to educate the public on how functional AND beautiful these plants are as well as provide tips on horticultural landscape butterfly garden design. We will feature our progress with monthly updates and will provide quarterly open-house events where the public can tour our gardens and learn more.
Gardenland Mission strives to protect a wetland ecosystem located on our westernmost border that supports migrating species and local wildlife. This vital land also has a rich history of Native American inhabitacy. The small property of about 7 acres provides sanctuary for owls, eagles, hawks, sandhill cranes, white ibis, woodpeckers, tufted titmouse, cardinals, purple martins as well as several species of pollinators, turtles, fox, and many other critters. The natural pond on this lot is the middle pond in a series of three and the only one of the three that has not yet been protected by Hillsborough County. There is an underground spring seep and evidence of a historic riparian habitat. It is imperative that we find a way to preserve this natural habitat.
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