Scenic Jacksonville is happy to announce our gift of natural beauty to the entrance of Sulzbacher Village!  Now, the center is graced with trees and a landscaped garden that matches its mission of growth and renewal for families and children.

“This has been a collective effort by so many to make this happen, just in time for the holidays and with Spring around the corner,” said Susan Caven, president of Scenic Jacksonville.  “We are thrilled to make an important contribution to this special place.”

Scenic Jacksonville donated the landscape design by Board Member Karen McCombs, and the butterfly garden that will enhance the entrance and complement the live oaks. little gem magnolias and palm trees in the right of way.

Many thanks to the team effort included John November and the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida who managed the overall project, the City of Jacksonville and the Tree Commission for approving the funding the trees, Alfred Romeu of Native, Uncommon Plants for installation – and of course the amazing Cindy Funkhouser, CEO of Sulzbacher Center for her help in making the the property more attractive and inviting for both residents and visitors.

“What a beautiful time to plant the perennials, Oaks, Little Gem Magnolias, Fringe trees and the Washingtonia Palms along the streets around the Village.  As the Village grows, so will the landscape!” added Caven.

Sulzbacher Village is a community of permanent and emergency housing for women and families.  Located near Gateway Center just north of downtown, the village also houses a pediatric health center offering care to children in the surrounding area.


In the photo, from left:  Alfred Romeu, John November, Nancy Powell, Susan Caven, Cindy Funkhouser, Jim Overton