Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation, Inc.
9800 17th Ave. NW
Bradenton FL 34209
Fostering an appreciation of nature and landscaping, preserving our natural resources, and promoting education
CEO/Executive Director Ina Baden
Board Chair Ms. Erica Orgeron
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Palma Sola Botanical Park
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1993
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS LetterView
Impact Statement
  • Received a grant from Mosaic to extend the Park's propagating shed.
  • With the assistance from volunteers, we built a recirculating water feature, that flows from a natural pond into a lotus container pond.
  • Received a prior donation in memory of the Reasoner Family, and the Park cultivated a native garden with stepping stones and native plants and trees.
  • Tampa Bay Estuary provided a grant to label all trees and shrubs with metal inscribed plaques mounted on wooden posts.
  • Rebuild the galleria deck and back stairs leading to the lawn and into the Park.
  • Enhance handicap accessibility by relocating and building a new handicap accessible ramp that leads to the Galleria/Event Hall.
  • Enhance our marketing strategy to attract more visitors to the Park; including rebuilding our website, enhancing our social media presence and public relations opportunities.
  • Develop educational programs.
  • Reinstate Music in the Park through partnerships such as Manatee Children Services, Manatee School of the Performing Arts and/or other organizations.
Needs Statement
  • Laptop Computer - $1,000.00 (Walmart, HP Envy 17 $999.99) - to be used in training volunteers, back-up/second computer for office volunteer use, and giving us the mobility to be used in our greenhouse and at outdoor events.
  • Rebuild the galleria deck and back stairs leading to the lawn and into the Park. Enhance handicap accessibility by relocating and building a new handicap accessible ramp that leads to the Galleria/Event Hall. $50,000
  • Enhance our marketing strategy to attract more visitors to the Park; including rebuilding our website, enhancing our social media presence and public relations opportunities – $5,000
  • Replace existing air conditioners – office and Galleria/Event Hall – $15,000
  • Paint the property buildings and roof – $20,000
Background Statement
The idea for a botanical park began in 1990 with citizens and community groups rallying support to save the ten-acre site which had served as the Manatee County Nursery.  The Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation was created in 1993 to preserve the former nursery as a valuable green space and park.
In October 1996, the Botanical Park Foundation entered into an agreement with Manatee County Government to establish the Palma Sola Botanical Park.  In 2016, Manatee County began the process to return management of a one-acre site with a screened pavilion and public restrooms to the Palma Sola Park Foundation.
The Palma Sola Botanical Park provides our community with a unique opportunity to enjoy educational nature programs, passive recreation, and public events throughout the 10 acres of natural beauty. The park collaborates with schools and organizations to provide a natural landscape for education and community service.
The park site is located in Northwest Bradenton. The site is an unusually warm and a protected micro-climate–notably frost-free. These unique conditions allow collections of rare palms, fruits, flowering trees, and other subtropical plants to be safely grown in a protected environment along with native plants and trees. The park now boasts of lush tranquil gardens and lakes for adults and children to enjoy.  Children can enjoy a special butterfly garden.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Our park is visited by local families and individuals from southwest and central Florida, as well as people vacationing from around the world. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Palma Sola Botanical Park is a community jewel offered to local and worldwide visitors as a tranquil, natural environment including plants, fauna and ecology. Visitors stroll our paths, photograph our flowers and absorb the energy provided by the park's native plant experience. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
We delight in sharing all the natural amenities that Palma Sola Botanical Park has to offer. It is such a pleasure to interact with local residents and visitors from afar, especially return visitors as they enjoy our facilities for photographic and painting opportunities, walking paths and tranquil gazebos, water features and wildlife.  
The Botanical Park provides a beautiful and affordable place to rent for classes, meetings and to celebrate special events such as weddings, anniversaries, other celebrations of life.
Budget $100
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Short Term Success
In the short run, finding a beautiful, affordable location to hold their wedding is one big step towards the couple's happy wedding day.
Long Term Success
Celebrating a major life event in a beautiful location generates memories people can treasure for the rest of their lives.
Program Success Monitoring
Success is based on the feedback our volunteer receives from people who have rented the facility, and from looking at the number of events scheduled.
Program Success Examples
One volunteer handles the details of all of our rentals.  We recently changed the volunteer responsible for this, and with her attention to feedback our number of scheduled rentals has increased by 200% since she started in October 2012.

Our park is currently managed and staffed by volunteers. All people who offer to help can find something to do here. The program includes:

  • Community Service hours. Students from St. Stephens School come to the park several times a year to do garden clean-up and planting in exchange for community service hours.
  • Community Service.  The park provides a place for people to fulfill court-ordered community service hours.
  • General volunteer help. Many people volunteer several hours every week doing general office work, weeding and tending to the gardens, and, performing minor needed repairs to the property and grounds.
  • Special Events. It takes many volunteers to run our special events such as plant sales
Budget $100
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
In the short term, people are able to volunteer their time, whether for personal satisfaction or community service, and our park gets some of the care it needs.
Long Term Success
Someone who has invested their time working at the park in the gardens can come back even years from now and see the effect their work had on the beauty of the gardens in the park. It can be difficult to measure the amount of pride or increased level of self-esteem a person gains in looking at a thing of beauty such as a garden and knowing it is beautiful because of their work.
Program Success Monitoring
We are happy to have all the volunteer help we can get since there is an enormous amount of work needed to maintain a botanical park. Volunteers come and go, and as far as tracking success with the program there seem to be few tools to measure success. There are many people who have been volunteers for years and for them, the program is very successful.
Program Success Examples
The program is a welcome addition to many people's lives who may live in a condo and miss playing in their gardens. They can come when they are able and have the satisfaction and fun of gardening.
The Potting Shed program has been taken on by a volunteer who is developing and expanding it for the park. The program is an important one for the park because it: 
  • Produces plants that are sold to generate income for the park.
  • Is a training area for volunteers who donate hours to the park doing garden work 
  • Provides a convenient storage area for the park's yard equipment 
Budget $100
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
The Potting Shed Program has been providing training to people who want to learn more about plants and their care through volunteering at the park. They not only help with park ground maintenance, but in making cuttings, re-potting and other chores that go into preparing the plants for a sale. 
Long Term Success
This program can quietly become the main driving force behind the Botanical Park. Volunteers are being taught to care for plants that may not grow outside of the park because of its unique climatic environment The people trained in plant care and garden design through working with this program can apply their knowledge in their own homes and helping others. This is especially true for the younger people who could develop a love of gardening that could lead to careers or just a beautiful backyard.
As the  plant sales become more popular and profitable the park will benefit with increased exposure to the community as well as more income. 
Program Success Monitoring
The actual plant sales success can be judged by the dollar amount earned.  If that is not as expected, other factors are looked at such as publicity, variety of plants offered, weather, etc.
As far as the garden training part of the program, a success is a volunteer who returns to help again and again. Some people decide that working with plants is not what they want to do. Other people enjoy it so much they invite their friends to join them. 
Program Success Examples Plant sales, which are held monthly have produced revenues of 100 to 400 dollars with the potential of bringing in 500 to 800 dollars a month.
Description Volunteers from the Park have been visiting schools and participating in plant/garden events in the community to promote our park and the plants we grow here. This is a fairly new program, and is the result of the increase in our volunteer pool.
Budget $100
Category Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Short term success is the increased awareness of our park and what we are able to grow here with our relatively frost-free climate
Long Term Success Along with the plant festivals we attend, we have been involved with the FFA and urban and garden farm schools through one of our board members wh teaches at Lincoln Middle School. This involvement has included tours of the park for teachers and going to visit classes in the schools. We are showing that we do have a connection to Florida agriculture, particularly in our Rare Fruit display.  We're hoping to be an inspiration to these children in their future career choices.
Program Success Monitoring Success is currently measured by the positive feedback we receive from teachers and students.
Program Success Examples This program is introducing people who live in the eastern and northern agricultural section of our county to the plants and tropical fruits that they never suspected are grown here in the north western part of the county.
Program Comments by Organization
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ina Baden
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 60
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
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Erica Orgeron
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Janice Fritzmeier Community Volunteer
Greg Geraldson Owner Geraldson Farm
Mr. Melvin Hurowitz Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Jaster community volunteer
Pam Kanaar Manatee Co. Sheriff's Department
Mrs. Ellen Messmer Juornalist with IDG Network
Rebecca Moeller Yoga Instructor
Ms. Erica Orgeron Blake Hospital
Steve Popp Finance
Ms Sheila Rapavi Volunteer
Ms. Alice Revard Teacher at St. Stephen's School
Mr David Vanderbilt Volunteer
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
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 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $74,641.00
Projected Expenses $73,684.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$58,430$57,697$44,244
Administration Expense$19,083$18,522$14,183
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.121.031.25
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%76%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$142,501$133,861$130,804
Current Assets$84,694$79,249$81,532
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$476$850$322
Total Net Assets$142,025$133,011$130,482
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Rental Income $62,822Net Rental Income $53,246Net Rental Income $36,399
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $16,604Contributions, gifts, grants $14,700Contributions, gifts, grants $19,245
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $4,386Fundraising $9,529Fundraising $13,184
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities177.9393.23253.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation, Inc.
Address 9800 17th Ave. NW
Bradenton, FL 34280
Phone 941 761-2866