The Gardens Gate - April 2021

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The April 2021 Gardens Gate Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

The Gardens Through The Eyes Of Sherry Catalina


Board Member and Volunteer Spotlights

Garden Center, Pavilion & Gift Shop Hours:

Photos from our Guests

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Artist, Michaelann Bellerjeau Painting at the Garden




2410 SE Westmoreland Boulevard Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 Phone: 772.337.1959 • Fax: 772.237.5952 Core Volunteers: 772.302.4393 E-mail: Web:

Garden Center, Pavilion & Gift Shop Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm Gardens Hours: 8:00am- 5:30pm 7-days a week PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE GARDENS Suggested Donations: Adults $5 • Students $2 Children 12 & Under Welcome Free for FPSLBG Members and Active Military with family (IDs required)

Mission Statement... Friends’ mission is to create and maintain a beautiful, serene sanctuary in the center of Port St. Lucie that is environmentally sound and naturally diverse and to provide educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for all who visit.

Officers & Directors... President: Vice President: Secretary: Treasurer: Directors:

Jeff Chambers Heather Furnari Mary Petrone Brenda Gustafson Mark A. Barnes Valerie Davis-Bailey John Erickson Laura Mehr Judy Nash-Wade Arthur Pearlstein Tim Sutton

Standing Committee Chairs... Election Committee:

Stephanie Alessandrini-Giarraffa Brenda Gustafson Laura Mehr Brenda Gustafson

Finance Committee: Gift Shop Committee: Horticulture Committee: Membership & Volunteer Committee: Mark A. Barnes Resource Development Committee: Heather Furnari Strategic Planning Committee: Arthur Pearlstein

Newsletter... Editor & Design:

Mark A. Barnes

The Gardens is managed and operated by Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity organization, that was founded to help support the daily operations of The Gardens. Friends volunteers provide hands-on daily oversight of the facility, including staffing to handle the many visitors year round. Please consider becoming a member of Friends. Friends' is a 100% volunteer organization. In all cases, donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Dear Friends, I would like to thank the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens and the all the wonderful volunteers who make my position rewarding and challenging! Together we have put a lot of projects in place and have worked tirelessly to make the Gardens even more attractive to our visitors. To date, the City has filled in the area for the Serenity Garden, a concrete pad was poured for the rolling gate as well as the area in front of the mulch bins. Electrical upgrades are underway. There is also signage coming that will prohibit skateboards, bikes and such.

I would like to congratulate all the volunteers who have made our garden rooms just outstanding. We continue to receive high praise from visitors every day. With the Port Project coming on board, and the development of that area, we will see some changes coming our way. It is an exciting time to be a part of this growth. With all the good things coming along, we still must be diligent in making sure our facility is kept clean, sanitized and current Covid guidelines are adhered to. Once again I thank everyone for the hard work you do. Our volunteers and members are the heart and soul of our Gardens.

Jeff Chambers,


Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens


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All board members started off as volunteers. So, why did you choose to volunteer at the PSL Botanical Gardens? During the UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Master Gardener Volunteer training program in 2014, we visited the gardens and I thought it would be a perfect place to volunteer and give me a chance to become involved in something I love to do, meet friends and be part of a gardening community. What made you want to become a director? What are your goals? As a Director it has enabled me to initiate and oversee projects throughout the garden. When I first started volunteering at the Gardens I assisted in the Volunteer and Membership area. Soon after there was an opportunity to head up the Garden Center and Horticulture Department. This included not only overseeing the maintenance of the grounds but new landscaping projects. This was much more what I wanted to do, both because I like getting my hands dirty, taking on challenges and making things grow. My career as a Director of Operations helped me accomplish goals such as creating a ‘great team of volunteers’ and, with their help we were able to enlarge our Garden Center, add a Shade House, build many tables for our sales floor, increase our propagation of plants and revenue, create the Secret Garden Gate and much more. What do you find most rewarding about being on the board? My fellow board members! Each from a wide variety of backgrounds, with an enormous number of talents, and solid input. All with the same passion and goal ‘the love of our botanical garden and to make our Garden as successful as possible’. What do you like to do when you are at the Gardens? I usually have a plan before I get to the gardens that is continually ‘blown out of the water’ the minute I get there. Typically, it depends on how many volunteers we have whether it will be a big project like cleaning out the Palms and pulling vines, to spending the day propagating or weeding. There is no lack of work to be accomplished but I find myself mostly guiding the volunteers and assigning tasks and putting out fires. Who was the most instrumental person who influenced your love of gardening? I did not get into gardening until after I retired and moved to Port St Lucie twelve years’ ago. I think there is not just one person who was instrumental but many. My association with the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie


County Master Gardener Volunteer Program has enhanced my life tremendously. It is a volunteer program that trains individuals in the science and art of gardening. Information learned is passed on and as volunteers they advise and educate the public on gardening and horticulture. It brings with it, master gardeners with the same likes and goals, bringing with it a wonderful bonus - life-time friendships. The Master Gardener Volunteer Program has been a vital part of our gardens during its beginning stages and throughout the years’. What is your favorite tree or plant, and why? Really! It should be - Name a plant or tree I do not like! I purchased the lot next to my house and created a monster garden. I am just now starting to weed out plants and come to some sensibility. Although, the Mahogany Tree may be my favorite. Outside of the Gardens, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Sleeping late! I have so many projects going that I am running out of time. I just finished painting the guest room and I am always in the garden puttering around and coming up with new projects. My favorite though is spending time with my grands and greats. We are all going on a family reunion to New Hampshire this Summer that I am really looking forward to. Tell us a little bit about your family. I am the oldest of seven and my brother who is two years’ younger than me, continues to say- “You’re not the Boss of Me!” We are first generation on my mothers’ side from Canada. My father was from the Allagash in Maine if anyone knows where that is. His family were hunting guides and rode the logs in the river. We were brought up in Newton, Massachusetts outside of Boston. I have three daughters, two in Port St Lucie, and one in Ft. Lauderdale, who think they are the boss of me, five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. I am an incredibly happy mother and grandmother. Tell us something about you that is interesting, or that not many people know. I am going to be 80 this June. Yikes! Where did the time go! I cannot dance and have no rhythm. My family says I dance like Elaine on the Seinfeld Show and they will not let me sing. That always bothered me because we are a very musical family and I really love music and dance.

What is your favorite quote or saying? As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands: One for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Audrey Hepburn

KC Shore Why did you choose to volunteer at the PSL Botanical Gardens? I grew up spending most of my time out of doors. Anything to do with plants, animals and rocks/minerals drew my attention! As an adult my husband and I have had organic fruit, vegetable and medicinal herb gardens on our small farms, and we practice Permaculture techniques. When we moved to suburban Florida last year the PSL Botanical Gardens was a first stop to work on my "plant fix." While strolling through the Garden Center I was fortunate to meet up with Laura Mehr who oversees that area with Brenda Gustafson. Laura and I got to chatting, and she persuaded me to come out and volunteer my time working in the Garden Center and helping to get the Center spruced up. So, when you meet up with Laura while visiting the PSLBG be prepared to be charmed into becoming a volunteer (if you love plants you'll be glad you did)! Do you have any goals for your time here as a volunteer? Being a volunteer at PSLBG has been a very rewarding experience. I've had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people who love plants, gardening, and outdoor life. My personal goal is to continue to help make the Garden Center, and the Botanical Gardens as a whole, a welcoming place for people to come out and enjoy a family-friendly stroll, exchange information and knowledge for and about plants, and to relax in a beautiful, park-like setting where nature surrounds. What do you find most rewarding about volunteering at PSLBG? PSLBG offers a wide variety of opportunities to help with plant care, and learn from amazing Master Gardener volunteers! Being a volunteer has added tremendously to my understanding of plant life and plant management. Plus, it's wonderful to spend time with our many Garden volunteers and people who come to visit the Gardens. What do you like to do when you’re at the Gardens? I can't say I "love" weeding in and around our sale plants, however the fact that the Gardens promote a healthy plant biome and don't use sprays for weeding means there's always weeding to do - you can weed out potted plants one day, and be weeding them out again the next! I fully support the old-fashioned weed-by-hand philosophy and that helps change the focus of weeding from being a chore.

Who was the most instrumental person who influenced your love of gardening? My grandmothers had many houseplants when I was growing up. When each passed away I inherited her collection, including a hoya that was said to be over 50 years old. It took some serious learning on my part to help ensure those plants survived in my care! I've been fortunate to be able to exchange plant-related information and knowledge with other like-minded people over the years. When my husband and I had our organic farms we hosted young visitors from around the world who wanted to learn more about and participate in organic gardening and permaculture. Those many cultural exchanges have been amazing experiences the expression "A mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open" is so apropos. I've enjoyed the swapping of ideas, information, experiences, tried-and-true methods, and so much more. It's an ongoing cycle of "pay it forward"! What’s your favorite tree or plant, and why? As well as enjoying many different plant types I'm a big fan of epiphytes (many are commonly called 'air plants'), bromeliads, succulents/hoyas/cacti, and desert/aridclimate plants. I suppose the fascination has to do with their prehistoric characteristics. Learning more and more about these way-cool and fascinating plants is on my "to do" list. Outside of the Gardens, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Free time - what's that?? [said smiling] I love traveling so put me on a plane, train, boat, bike, etc. and I'm off... well, at least that was true in the nottoo-distant past and will be again as the virus slows its march. For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to be a rotary-wing pilot (read: helicopters). In my younger days I'd be out in the open fields begging rides whenever a helo would touch down! As of a few years ago I had the opportunity to begin learning to fly gyrocopters, and one of these days I'd love to spend hours in a flight simulator and aloft, continuing to advance my very limited chopper education and experience toward one day taking off on my 'flight of fancy.' Know anybody that needs a whirlybird washed and waxed?? LOL Tell us something about you that’s interesting, or that not many people know. Where would I even start?? OK, a couple that can be told... While living in New Zealand for years I was a planetarium "Sky Tour" volunteer presenter - gave presentations to the public on night sky objects in the Southern Hemisphere - and my husband and I were telescope operators at a small observatory. I've been involved with the horse world for many decades, and I coach people in Equine Learning Theory (how horses learn) and equine behavior modification. Basically I'm helping people be more effective and aware communicators, and horses to develop their focal skills, in order to have improved relationships between people and their equine partners.

What’s your favorite quote or saying? "Due to the recession and to save on energy costs, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off."


Gateway to the Garden Center

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Veronica for her expert re-vamping of the hayracks in front of the building. They are gorgeous and her arrangement definitely shows her talents.

Fun sign in The Garden Center

The Ladies of the Rio Lindo Garden Club beautifying the Rose Garden.


Plein Air Artists Painting in The Gardens

Plein Air Artists Painting in The Gardens

Plein Air Artists Painting in The Gardens

Plein Air Artists Painting in The Gardens


“Sustainable” means to perpetuate existence as well as to provide sustenance and nourishment. The term is most often associated with the environment and specifically to landscapes and gardens. While growing plants and maintaining a garden are inherently “green” activities, sustainable gardening is about growing a greener future. So what does it mean to garden sustainably? Sustainable gardening combines organic gardening practices with resource conservation. Generally, sustainable gardening: •

is forward-thinking

values ecosystem support over aesthetics

makes as little negative impact on the earth as possible

works with nature instead of against it

Test your knowledge about sustainable gardening by taking our 10-question quiz then read on for more information about how to #growagreenerfuture – how to make your garden more sustainable by improving soil health, conserving water and other resources, choosing the best plants and materials for your conditions, and supporting the animals and insects that make up the natural ecosystem. Ready to #growagreenerfuture? Sign our pledge and receive regular email updates from the American Horticultural Society.

Help us touch the future, one child, one adult at a time! The Education Committee needs you. We meet every Wednesday in the Gardens Pavilion at 10am. We need help finding donors, applying for grants, evaluating activities, (and then having fun trying them out).

Moms, Dads, Educators, non-Educators –

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As A NEWbie MG - by Laura Mehr WEEK 4 BUGS !! and Palms—what an interesting week. All we could eat about BUGS and Palms. And of course after learning about the myriad conditions that infect palms, I started seeing the signs and symptoms everywhere I looked. Kate R did a tremendous job making the subject interesting and useful. I believe the class now knows enough basics, and where to look for what isn’t basic, that we could actually give some advice to a homeowner with a palm problem. A lunch break during a very very cold spell made my usual walk quite invigorating. Ms Natasha stayed warm under the blankets though. And the afternoon brought Dr Anita Neal – expert in entomology. And it was fascinating, the shear number of insects that exist here in Florida. And did you know that the insect kingdom is the largest part of the animal kingdom by far? With over 1.5 million species, and more being discovered frequently, they more than outnumber the puny human numbers. With less than 1% of the BUG population being considered pests, we could all begin to appreciate them as our friends. We all feel that the butterflies are our friends, but they have friends, and they have friends of friends, so they are all our biggest community of non human friends.

WEEK 5 To start, a review of pests and bugs, and then onto IPM (Integrated Pest Management). A way of decision making

about pest control that involves several layers of thinking, observing, and acting. Master gardeners call it a process, not a miracle. Operating on the less is more principle, IPM ultimately is far more advantageous for our environment than the usual kill ‘em/drench ‘em/spray ‘em/swat ‘em mindset. The most wonderful thing I learned about our friends the BUGS is that in the entire world, only 3% are considered pests. It’s great to know that no matter what bug like creature is walking through my living room, that he is my friend. Lunch and a walk and time with the furball known as Natasha. The afternoon session consisted of a lecture by Nicki Monroe, Environmental Horticultural Agent from Indian River County. She talked to us about the basics of Florida Friendly Landscape concepts and implementation. A wide ranging program that encourages homeowners and others to adapt their personal landscapes to our hot and alternately wet and dry conditions, by using plants and other landscaping methods that thrive in our state. There are 9 principals in the FFL program, and if a homeowner so chooses, they can apply to be a certified FFL yard. Next Thursday, which is week 6, when we will be half way through our MG training, we will visit the home of Maggie who has received her certification as a Florida Friendly Yard. And was in fact the state of Florida winner for the before and after section of the certification. More about that next month. Laura.



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We are currently booking Wedding Ceremonies and Events for 100 guests and under inside our Pavilion, and up to 150 guests in our outside venues. These dates are being booked fast. Email Heather at NOW to reserve your date! As we are in changing times, we will be evolving along with them due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Protocol recommendations are in place and required for ALL events. A floor plan with social distancing and signed COVID-19 Addendum is required to book your event. Thank You.



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There is still time to take advantage of our special membership opportunity for our Friends and supporters, our Ten-Year Anniversary Membership. 2020 marking the 10th anniversary of the Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens. We are celebrating a decade of success. Ten years ago we started with a Founding Membership of 100. What better way • to continue than with a Ten-Year Anniversary Membership. The best part is the funds will help • ensure that we continue improvements to and longevity of the Botanical Gardens, with 50% of the funds raised allocated to Special Projects and 50% • allocated to the Endowment Fund. The “Ten-Year Anniversary Membership” offer is open to new and current members and includes: •

A “Ten-Year Anniversary Membership” $250.00 per person. Available to the first 100 Special Memberships sold prior to December 31, 2021 or when all 100 have been sold, whichever comes first. This offer will include a Special Membership Dedication Plaque

with the names of all 100 Ten-Year Anniversary Memberships that will be displayed next to the founding members plaque in the lobby of the Botanical Gardens by January 2022. You will also receive a Special Ten-Year Anniversary Membership card. 10% off Gift Shop and Garden Center purchases, unless marked otherwise. Reciprocal Admission and/or Discounts to American Horticultural Society (AHS) Member Gardens Members Only Events, Workshops & Seminars Free or discounted, and now Sunset Yoga. We are offering two (2) payment options. A one time payment option of $250, or you can select our subscription plan and pay $50 monthly for 5 months.

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In all cases, donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


ARTIST, MICHAELANN BELLERJEAU SHARES HER DAY PAINTING AT THE GARDEN Hello! I was painting with PSL art league the other day and one of your volunteers came by. She took some photos and said PSLBG is frequently looking for material for your newsletter. The painting wasn’t finished yet, so I told her I’d send a completed image. There is one of the trellis garden done with PSL Art League Plein Air group and also one I did the week before with Martin County Arts League Plein Air painters of the main building and pond. Both are painted in oil and are 10x12, the perfect size for a few hours of painting. The garden is such a serene place to paint, my only complaint is there is too much beautiful subject matter to choose from! The first day I set up in the shade across the pond since the sky was so blue and reflected beautifully in the water. I lost myself while rendering the scene and only noticed the alligator warning sign while packing up to leave! The second day was partly cloudy, but the trellis’ were full of blooms, so I chose a view up the path where garden designers have created a harmony of crescent shapes that repeated throughout the scene ending at the globe statue in the distance. I’m so grateful for the many volunteers and contributors who make the garden possible to enjoy. Being there brings such peace and shelter, and temporary escape from the world, it is a spot of heaven on earth. Thank you for all you do! Michaelann Bellerjeau



PERENNIAL HERBS YOU CAN PLANT ONCE & ENJOY FOR YEARS Perennial herbs are an excellent way to keep up your supply of fresh herbs without having to spend tons of money and time cultivating new plants every season. With proper care and cultivation, these eight hasslefree herbs will flourish for years to come.

1. Lavender This beautiful purple-flowered plant comes in a large variety of colors: from white, to pale pink or purple or even dark blue or violet. Plus, it has a lovely, soothing fragrance. Use it in the kitchen, sprinkle in your bathwater, or simply enjoy the smell by growing it at home. Lavender has proven antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s commonly used for anxiety, depression, agitation, intestinal problems, insomnia, headaches, and pain. To use, diffuse a few drops of lavender essential oil in water, steep a cup of tea made from the leaves or flowers, or add the oil or flowers to your bath. Drinking the tea and inhaling the steam is best to ease strong emotions or promote calmness while topical application of the oil works best for pain. Lavender loves to be placed in a warm, sunny spot. The plant is actually quite hardy and even does well in dry, poor soil. However, you should fertilize it with high-quality compost once a year and water when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. Make sure to plant it in a well-draining pot.

2. Basil Basil is not just a seasoning, it’s a potent home remedy. Drink basil tea to ward off head colds, warts, and worms. The herb also acts as an appetite stimulant, carminative, and diuretic. Add fresh leaves to salads or cook with your favorite meals to improve kidney function, calm down stomach spasms, and promote circulation. Most surprising of all, used by a seasoned professional, it has the ability to treat snake and insect bites. Additionally, you can rub crushed leaves on your temples to relieve headaches or boil in hot water to make a soothing foot bath. This sweet-smelling herb should get between 6 to 8 hours of full sun daily and thrives in moist, well-draining soil. Basil should never fully dry out, as this will make the leaves limp and dry. Once your plant flowers, pick them off to prevent the leaves from getting too bitter. If you’re growing it outside, plant 10-12 inches apart and harvest before the first frost of the fall.


3. Thyme Thyme can be used both fresh and dried with similar results, although it’s typically found in an infusion or a tincture. In fact, the herb is anthelmintic, antispasmodic, broncho spasmolytic, carminative, sedative, diaphoretic, and expectorant. This makes it perfect for treating bronchitis, laryngitis, whooping cough, chronic gastritis, diarrhea, and lack of appetite. You can even use it externally to treat joint pain, skin problems, and superficial wounds. However, you should stay away from thyme if you’re pregnant. Thyme is hard to grow from the seed, so buy a plant or ask a friend for cuttings instead. Thyme likes to dry out in between waterings since it’s prone to root rot. Trim the plants regularly and plant in a well-draining soil for best results.

4. Lemon Balm This herb has soothing effects against stress, anxiety, and insomnia. It’s also a digestive tonic that eases indigestion, gas, bloating, colic, and poor appetite. Plus, some studies suggest it works wonders on cold sores too! Drink a cup of pure tea, or use it in combination with valerian, chamomile, and hops. Topically, apply some chilled tea to ward off mosquitoes and soothe bug bites. This herb is a perennial that can grow up to 12-24 inches high, it’s also a very quick-spreading plant. Plant in full-run in a well-drained, sandy soil. It will always do best if planted in cool weather in the early spring or late fall. Water regularly and evenly, keeping the soil slightly moist.

5. Parsley Parsley herb and seed tea are reportedly used to treat jaundice, menstrual difficulties, asthma, coughs, indigestion, and dropsy. You can also drink up to ward against gallstones, dyspepsia, dysuria, and rheumatic conditions. Alternatively, chew fresh leaves to freshen your breath in between meals. Parsley requires moist, rich soil and full sun. Make sure to fertilize with compost once a year. If planting outside, germinate 10-12 weeks before the last spring frost and plant 6-8 inches apart.

6. Peppermint Peppermint is wonderfully soothing for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), other digestive problems such as flatulence, nausea, and cramps. Thus, peppermint tea is a great follow-up to a large meal. You can also inhale mint steam to improve a common cold, sinus inflammation or headaches. Alternatively, cure a headache by applying the oil to your temples or soothe sore joints by applying it where you experience pain. Peppermint is a perennial that loves light soil with good drainage. Place it in indirect sun and top with a bit of organic compost every few months. Water regularly to keep moist. Outside, peppermint can grow up to 4-feet in its first year, so make sure to prune and harvest regularly.

7. Rosemary Rosemary has the ability to: Improve memory, Relieve muscle pain and spasm, Stimulate hair growth, Support the circulatory and nervous systems, Soothe indigestion, Heal muscle and joint pain, Improve concentration, and Fight cancer. Rosemary actually produces lovely blue flowers and pine-like leaves. Provide them with well-drained, sandy soil and at least six to eight hours of sunlight and they will thrive. Plant in terra cotta to make sure they always stay on the dry side. Rosemary doesn’t like the cold, so keep it in a draft-free space. After it’s bloomed, trim rosemary by up to one-third, cutting just above a leaf joint.

8. Sage Sage means “to be in good health” so it’s no surprise that it has plenty of health-promoting effects. Sage is used as a tonic, digestive, antiseptic, astringent, and antispasmodic agent. It also promoted milk flow treats nervous conditions, trembling, depression, and vertigo dysmenorrhea, diarrhea, gastritis, sore throat, and insect bites. It’s best taken as a tea or chewed raw. Sage grows well, even into the late fall. Give it plenty of sun and its leaves will reach their peak in flavor. Seeds aren’t straightforward to plant, to grow from cuttings instead. Grow in well-drained, sandy, loamy soil, and if possible, in soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Plant in sage in medium to full sun and do not over-fertilize. Very forgiving, wilted leaves will perk up after a watering.


Can you give us as little as 3 hours per week of your time? The Friends of the Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens are looking for Volunteers to assist in various positions throughout the Garden. Become a part of a very active garden, meet fellow volunteers, have fun, and enjoy being part of a team.

Gift Shop

Thursday-Saturday - 3 hours • 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm* Sunday - 4 hours • 12pm-4pm

Garden Center

Thursday-Saturday - 3 hours • 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm* Sunday - 4 hours • 12pm-4pm Garden Rooms—Daylily Garden, Bromeliad Garden, Secret Garden—Name your hours. We need help with weeding, trimming, and maintaining the gardens. *We are particularly short of volunteers on afternoon shifts 1-4pm for both the Gift Shop & Garden Center.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator - Joanne Hurd at or call The Gardens at 772-337-1959 and leave a message. 30

CDC guidelines will be followed. Facial coverings will be required when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

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