- To aid in plant identification and landscape maintenance courses offered through the horticulture programs on campus.
- To provide the public with not only a pleasant place to take a walk, but also a living classroom, where students and visitors can identify the flowers and shrubs that make up our North West Florida landscape.
- To provide area nurseries and the landscaping industry with a "no risk" trial where they can see what's new and well suited to Northwest Florida.
The Milton Gardens are located within a 3-acre area of the campus that was cleared in 1995 for the construction of greenhouse, shade house and nursery production facilities for the University of Florida teaching program. After the construction of permanent facilities, the first plant production classes and the Master Gardeners from Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties contributed countless hours to plant and maintain the nearly 2 acres of trial and demonstration gardens as designed by Dr. Richard K. Schoellhorn and Dr. Mack Thetford. The facility has since become a destination within Northwest Florida and a very popular location for many garden clubs, horticulture study groups, homeowners, visiting scientists and school classes to visit, study or photograph.
Location & Directions
The Milton Gardens , a combination of teaching, research and display gardens are a part of the Milton Campus of the University of Florida (UF) and Pensacola Junior College (PJC), a joint use facility located 18 miles northeast of Pensacola in Santa Rosa County , Florida .
maps and directions
The Friends of the Gardens and Master Gardener volunteers maintain most of the gardens. They have contributed countless hours to planting, weeding and maintaining the gardens.
Pensacola State College - Milton campus grounds staff.
The Milton Campus has long been known for it's beautiful landscaping. Larry Brook and his crew maintain the entire campus and parts of the garden walk.
How long will this garden be here?
As long as there are students and volunteers willing to dedicate time to the project. Please help us keep the gardens litter free and untrammeled. Please leave the flowers as you find them so that others may enjoy them too.
If you would like to become involved in the gardens contact us at (850) 983-5216.