The Mittan Botanical Gardens were founded in 1988 to showcase
perennial plants that could be grown in north Florida under a
variety of extreme conditions and with a minimum of care.
Eventually, the gardens are slated to become a public park.
The gardens benefit the environment by providing eight acres of
water recharge areas and wildlife habitat in a landscape heavily
dominated by housing subdivisions. All of the planted areas of
the gardens are mulched heavily with recycled leaves that would
otherwise go to area landfills.
The gardens provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including
deer, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, foxes, armadillos,
snakes, wild turkeys, several nesting hawks, and many other
birds including bluebirds, blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, doves,
goldfinches, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, ibis, mockingbirds,
purple martins, quail, robins, sparrows, woodpeckers, and wrens.
The gardens are maintained in a natural state. Plants are not
fertilized although soil is occasionally amended with lime or
iron as needed. Watering is provided only when transplanting
or as a fire prevention measure during extreme droughts or
when fires are occurring nearby.