Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Garden Inc
5800 Riverside Drive
Punta Gorda FL 33982
To provide a natural setting along the Peace River showcasing world class sculpture and unique botanicals to inspire creativity throughout the community.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Rev. Bill Klossner
Board Chair Affiliation Retired - Pastor Emeritus, COngegaitonal United Church of Christ
General Info
Organization DBA
Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens
Peace River Gardens
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2009
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2017
State Registration Yes Apr 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Impact Statement


· We added a new volunteer coordinator on the board

· We added a horticulturist on the board

· Received $5,000 from Gulf Coast Community Foundation

· Received $5,000 from the Tetrault Foundation

· Are expanding the locations for information tables

· Have been invited to give a presentation about the gardens to over 10 organizations

· Have selected our DMR, donor, and communication partners

· Have collected more than 300 names and emails of people interested in volunteering, events, or donating

· Add the hibiscus society to our partnerships

Needs Statement
  1. Raise $80,000 before starting our sustainability campaign
  2. $1,000 materials to make plant ID signs, extension service will engrave
  3. $3,000 membership card machine
  4. $1,000 office furniture
  5. $1,000 computer
Background Statement

The Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens will encompass 25.37 acres  The Gardens are adjacent to the Peace River and straddle Riverside Drive. Over 1,200 feet of shoreline will be made accessible to the public.


The  Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens will focus on three major areas. First will be the creation of a sculpture garden located primarily on the ten acres along the Peace River. The second focus will be on wetland preservation and environmental education. Finally, the Gardens are intended to be a showcase for “green” construction, sustainable development and best management practices. 


The Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens will be entered from Riverside Drive. The entrance will have identifying signage, extensive plantings and a sculptural feature to welcome visitors. Visitors will enter and drive down the center of the property, pass the Welcome Center and proceed to the proposed parking area. At the beginning of the parking area will be a drop-off area and a Gardens entrance walkway that will take visitors across a stormwater retention area to the Welcome Center. The stormwater area will be planted to support and complement the garden’s #1 amenity – the Marsh.


The Welcome Center is situated to be the focal point and terminus of the tree-framed entrance drive and will be architecturally significant. The intent is to create a space of outdoor-indoor transition with dynamic views of the marsh by utilizing creative architecture and site design.


The organization of the site has placed all of the buildings to the far southwest side of the property. There are four primary reasons for their placement in that sector of the property. First, there are efficiencies to building the facilities together in terms of utilities and stormwater management. The second reason is the configuration of the site which has been designed to choreograph the visitor’s experience. The third reason is that this portion of the site is outside the Tropical Storm Surge Zone. Finally, this location places the buildings away from existing residential structures on surrounding properties.


A light-duty bridge is proposed to access the isolated property in the southeastern corner of the site. This may include an open space area, an interactive fountain, children’s garden, pavilions or a stage. Shade trees will be planted to complement the existing canopy. The event lawn will be a flexible open space for special events surrounded by beautiful plantings. This area is ideally suited for these more active garden elements since it has the least direct adjacency to neighbors.


A boardwalk will take visitors through the marsh area. The intent is for the boardwalk to create very little disturbance while offering a unique eye-level interpretive opportunity of the marsh.


A pedestrian crosswalk will connect the southerly portion of the Gardens to the riverside portion across Riverside Drive, along the Peace River shoreline. The riverside area will be the primary sculpture garden. Garden spaces will be designed to complement sculptures in the landscape. A Peace River overlook will provide river views. A boardwalk will connect the sculpture garden on the westerly portion of the riverside area to the residential site on the easterly portion.


The residence is currently a private home situated on a separately-deeded property under private ownership. It will be deeded to the foundation with a life estate retained by the current owners. Ultimately, the home will be open for visitation, or converted for a fine art museum or other use. Existing and future accessory buildings may serve as housing for a resident caretaker and eventually accommodate a library and enable small art and environmental study activities.


All of the utilitarian functions have been placed outside of the "public gardens," southeast of the parking areas and adjacent to an existing railway. This includes the maintenance functions as well as the propagation/nursery functions such as greenhouses, plant staging and storage of materials such as soil, mulch and gravel. This area will be screened from the view of visitors and is well away from any residential development.


The Gardens will be open to the public daily from 10:00 am to dusk, with the exception of special events and meetings that may occur in the evening. Maintenance activities may commence at 8:00 am.


The Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens will be constructed by a nonprofit private foundation. The foundation is governed by an independent board of advisors. Currently, the foundation has approximately $4 million in cash and assets with which it is beginning to establish the Gardens. The foundation expects to add to that sum at a rate approximating $.3 to $.5 million per year. The total contribution is expected, over time, to be approximately $30 million. The Gardens will be owned and operated by a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments
We expect to attract people from the United States and Europe.  Punta Gorda has a large seasonal visitor population which come from many states and Europe.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

We are currently gathering a collection of Staghorn Ferns. This is part of our mission to show and educate garden guests about unique botanicals.  We will provide classes given by Charlotte County Master Gardeners on the use and care of our unique botanicals.

Budget $500
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy No
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success This first program starts a relationship with Fairchild Tropical Gardens which we hope to build on. We also hope to use this relationship to develop relationships with other botanical gardens.
Long Term Success Having a complete collection of a species will inform the public about use and care of the plants and the choices that are available.
Program Success Monitoring Board Members monitor the success of this program. This program is successful if we have all 18 species and provide an educational program for those interested in growing staghorn ferns.
Program Success Examples One of our board members has acquired some staghorn ferns from Fairchild. It is too early to provide an educational class. The garden is still being built.
The garden will showcase world-class sculptures.  Our docent program will lead guests to each sculpture and explain the sculpture and the artists.  
Budget $500
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Since Fall 2014 we have collected over 200 emails of potential members and donors.
Long Term Success Emails collected at public functions will turn into members and donors.
Program Success Monitoring People respond positively to our information and eagerly sign up.
Program Success Examples Will not know program success until emails turn into members and donors.
Program Comments by Organization The power point presentations and farmer's market tables have been very successful informing of the public and gathering names for our data base
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 14
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A

2015 work with the following groups to propagate plants for the garden

  • Charlotte County Master Gardeners
  • The Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society
  • Green Thumbs of Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
  • Area garden clubs
  • the Harry Golding Hibiscus Society
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization We are operating without an executive director.  At this time the vice president takes that role.  Many things are slow to be implemented
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev. Bill Klossner
Company Affiliation Retired - Pastor Emeritus, COngegaitonal United Church of Christ
Board Term Oct 2016 to Sept 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Robert Dwyer Merrill-Lynch
RS "Chip" Futch Charlotte Couty Tourism
Shelli Green Merrill Lynch FInancial
Marlene Hofer Community Volunteer
Rev. William Klossner Retired, Pastor Emeritus, COngregational United Church of Christ
Joan LeBeau City of Punta Gorda
Richard McElhenie Community Volunteer
Catherine S Peterson Retired Kent State University
Dan Sater The Sater Group, Inc.
Marilyn Smith Mooney Community Volunteer
Kirk Stirton Hadlon, Stirton & Midkiff CPA
Roger Tetrault Tetrault Family Foundation
Linda Tetrault Tetrault Family Foundation
John Wright Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 65
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization This is an all volunteer board with no ex. director.  Several members work full time. While we have very talented people, things do not always get done in a timely fashion.  We have hired a different webmaster and a different board member is working on the website.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Finances are needed to open the gardens Fall 2017, buy supplies, pay Ex. Director, gardeners, set up gift shop, produce membership cards, produce signs for plants
Campaign Goal $250,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 35000 as of Jan 2016
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$633$0$0
Administration Expense$1,635$1,136$592
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses5.9321.410.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses28%0%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$34,557$23,372$191
Current Assets$34,557$23,372$191
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$34,557$23,372$191
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $13,440Contributions, gifts, grants $24,316Contributions, gifts, grants $550
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $14Investment Income $10 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Until 2014, financial obligations consisted of paying board insurance and state fees. In 2016, the board will begin to fund raise,and build memberships for a projected opening of the Peace River Gardens spring 2017.
Financial Comments by Foundation The organization files the IRS Form 990-N. Financial information taken from compilations.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Garden Inc
Address 5800 Riverside Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33951
Phone 941 505-1554