Restoration of the historic gardens at Silver Springs started in 2014 with the removal of invasive exotic weeds and the planting of native Florida plants and non-native Florida "friendly" ornamentals. Additionally, techniques to minimize the use of fertilizer and irrigation were adopted to avoid affecting the nearby springs. With the assistance of a landscape architect, four key areas were identified for restoration, including the newly installed wildflower garden. The gardens receive care from park staff and volunteers as well as partner organizations such as the Pioneer Garden Club, the Ocala Camellia Society (facebook), and the Florida Wildflower Foundation.
In addition to more formal landscaping, many sections of the gardens have had shrubs and trees planted and the rangers have stopped mowing in these areas to encourage the growth of native grasses and herbs. While it may not seem aesthetically pleasing at first, please bear with us as it will take some time to achieve the desired future condition. In the mean time, enjoy the sights of seasonal wildflowers, as well as the wildlife attracted by seeds and insects.
Park staff offer guided tours of the gardens on the 2nd Sunday of every month and indoor gardening workshops when weather does not permit a walking tour.