Seed Swap &
Garden Expo
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Behind a fence full of “No Trespassing” signs and beside hills of fill dirt and asphalt millings, a football-size field of flowers is sprouting in an unlikely spot along Philips Highway.

A few months ago, developer Steve Cissel planted the garden of blooms including zinnias, crimson clovers, black-eyed Susans and California poppies on the property just outside Jacksonville’s downtown.

The land is actually part of a plot of about 18 acres slated to become a cluster of apartments, retail and office space. In the future, it also could include a commuter station for people to board buses or a light rail bound for the downtown.

But with no money to break ground because of the economic downturn, Cissel’s trying to attract positive buzz to a site that once included an old Chevy dealership.

While the blooms are mostly past their peak now, for months Cissel let people cut flowers for free. Now he wants to develop a community garden, and has no-cost plots available in what will become a winter vegetable garden. To read more about “A new bloom on Philips Highway plants seed of change” click here.


March 19th, 10am to 2 pm

The Garden at

Jackson Square

2554 Phillips Highway