Welcome to the Centennial Garden. Centennial Garden includes flowering grasses, Trailing Lantana, assorted ferns, and Vitex trees— which are often referred to as Southern lilacs for their purple-blue blooms. To complement the mix is a single Weeping Willow tree paid for and adopted by Danielle Cleary. Prior to its planting, Willow Branch Park had not even one willow still standing. Scott Dowman, a local landscape architect, drew up the original plans for the project and then amended them based on input from the Florida Native Plant Society. Chosen to be planted were sun and heat-tolerant native flora appropriate to this region that require minimal care.
The garden is a gift to the community and to the entire city from the AIDS Memorial Project of Northeast Florida (AMP), a 501(c)(3) organization formed three years ago with a mission to establish, create, and maintain a living memorial to Northeast Floridians who lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses.