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Hurricane Irma






Montgomery Botanical Center’s collection endured severe damage from Hurricane Irma. Support for recovery is appreciated. The staff at Montgomery is working hard to save what can be saved and clear out what did not survive. It is hard work, but we are staying positive while working on the recovery effort. Please find our support information below. You can make a donation via credit card or PayPal or by sending a check using the PDF below. Thank you for your support. We hope your homes and gardens fared well in Hurricane Irma.

Large live oak toppled by Hurricane Irma.

Pachystela msolo branches hit the greenhouse, but did not damage the structure.

Damage to area in front of Nell's House. Champion Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) down along with fronds.

STORM SURGE: this debris line was around 5 feet above sea level.

This Arenga palm blocked the road, but after enough stalks were removed, it settled back into place.

This large tree was a landmark that stood over our Cycad Savanna plantings.

Moringa trunk snapped in Cycad Savanna.

The State Champion Kigelia pinnata! This sausage tree went back to Colonel Montgomery's era.

State Champion Kigelia pinnata before Hurricane Irma.

Storm Surge at Montgomery Botanical Center.

Major loss of fronds can be seen in this comparison. Some palms were also lost right near the building, on the right side.

Corypha taliera after Hurricane Irma. This species is extinct in the wild, and fewer than two dozen survive in botanic gardens.

Corypha taliera, the same one, back in 2015.

To reduce water loss, we trimmed most of the leaves. We set this palm back up again! We were impressed with the large leaf.

Javier Francisco Ortega volunteering to remove downed branches.

Xavier Gratacos removing a downed Ylang Ylang tree.

Our youngest volunteers watering a downed palm.

Debb DuMond and Laurie Danielson assessing palm damage.

Young volunteer collecting downed palm fronds.

Jesse Harshaw and Mario Borroto repairing the main shadehouse.

Map shows peak storm surge at MBC was between 5 and 6 feet! By Gregory Barber, Peter R. and Stuart Y. Jennings Intern.

Montgomery Botanical Center staff keeping positive while working on recovery and clean-up after Hurricane Irma.

The Montgomery Botanical Center is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Center are deductible for federal income and estate tax purposes. The Center is registered under the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free within the state 1-800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and support!

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