The GFBB Mission
Our mission is to support and assist the faculty and staff of the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) - Quincy to accomplish their mission. Our goals are to expand outreach by fostering research and providing educational programs through partnerships with community organizations, schools and the horticulture industry. To organize and participate in:
  • Special Events in support of the NFREC Center
  • Routine garden maintenance and operation
  • Development of new and expanded public gardens
  • Volunteer Days
The Gardening Friends of the Big Bend, Inc.
Officers for 2020
Howard Andrews
George McEntire,
Vice President
Ben White,
Barbara Laskowski, 
Sue Watkins
Dr. Gary Knox,
NFREC​ Liaison
University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
North Florida 
Research and Education
155 Research Rd. Quincy, FL 32351
Quote of the Month
"The most microscopic portions of plants are beautiful in themselves, and these are beautiful combined."
John Muir (1838-1914)​

Home of the Demonstration Gardens of the Big Bend
NFREC Gardens and Plant Collections
Crapemyrtle Planting
Discovery Garden
Dry Garden
Hardy Palm Garden
Jurassic Garden
Magnolia Garden
Rose Garden
Shade Garden
Teaching Platform/Classroom

GFBB Member Benefits! 
-Early notification of special events
-Discount tickets to most sponsored events
-Additional learning opportunities at the NFREC