Welcome to the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail, marked in 2011 through the cooperative efforts of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Walton County Master Gardeners, and Northwest Florida State College. The original design was drawn by landscape architect Kristen Koehnemann. Since it’s fruition the garden continues to evolve and take on new life year after year.

The Native Plant Demonstration Garden is an inspirational site for public education. It features the best practices for the use of native plants, water conservation, and other Florida-friendly gardening techniques. The 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. Visit the garden and trail throughout the year to enjoy the seasonal changes in native plants.

Start-up funding for the project is from Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Walton County Master Gardeners, and Northwest Florida State College. As work progresses, business and individual contributions of dollars, garden supplies, plants and labor are welcome.

Checks may be made out to the NWFSC Foundation (501.C.3) and earmarked for the “South Walton Center Demonstration Garden & Trail (SWCDG&T). They may be mailed to or dropped off at: NWFSC, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Donations can also be made online by going to www.nwfscfoundation.org and clicking on the donations button – be sure to specify SWCDG&T!