Welcome to the Centennial Garden. Centennial Garden includes flowering grasses, Trailing Lantana, assorted ferns, and Vitex trees— often referred to as Southern lilacs for their purple-blue blooms.
A single Weeping Willow tree was gifted to the garden by Danielle and Ian Cleary to complement the mix. Not one Weeping Willow tree remained in Willowbranch park before replacing and planting willow trees. 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 where the sun and heat-tolerant native flora are appropriate to this region requires 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 four years ago with a mission to establish, create, and maintain a living memorial to Northeast Floridians who lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses.