Name new FL Botanical Gardens sculpture, win a prize

Largo, Florida -- The Florida Botanical Gardens is holding a naming contest for its long-awaited water fountain sculpture that will be formally dedicated at the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation's annual Diggin' the Arts on Sunday, May 4.

The sculpture was borne of a love for the gardens and a vision of elevating the gardens' experience with artwork. Former Foundation president Chuck Scaffidi conceived the idea of showcasing a stunning piece of art in the small pond outside of the Wedding Garden.

Local artists Owen Pach and Jonathan Schork, who designed the sculpture, will be present as it is dedicated to Scaffidi at the Foundation's Diggin' the Arts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Florida Botanical Gardens and is free to the public. This event brings a wide variety of museums and cultural organizations to the gardens for a fun day of art projects, Plein air competition and an instrument petting zoo.

During that time, the sculpture will remain "untitled" until the Foundation chooses a winner in the naming contest. Suggestions must be submitted by Friday, May 9. Recommended names should be emailed to Submissions must include the proposed title of the piece, and the full name, phone number and e-mail address of the entrant.

The Foundation will be offering prizes of a one-night stay at the DoubleTree Beach Resort in North Redington Beach and a one-year Garden Family membership to the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation to the winner.

For more information about the Florida Botanical Gardens, visit, or call (727) 582-2100.


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