The Gardens Gate - December 2020

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The December 2020 Gardens Gate Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

The Gardens Through The Eyes Of JD Mosher


Garden Center, Pavilion & Gift Shop Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am - 1pm Sunday 12pm - 3pm

Delights of December Sale


2021 FPSLBG Board Election Notice


10 Year Anniversary Membership


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 - 1:00pm Sunday 12:00pm - 3:00pm 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:

Heather Furnari Jeff Chambers Mary Petrone Brenda Gustafson John Erickson Dale Johnson Laura Mehr Judy Nash-Wade Michelle Peterson Tim Sutton Beth Willard

Standing Committee Chairs... Election Committee:

Stephanie Alessandrini-Giarraffa Brenda Gustafson Laura Mehr Brenda Gustafson

Finance Committee: Gift Shop Committee: Horticulture Committee: Membership & Volunteer Committee: Judy Nash-Wade Resource Development Committee: Heather Furnari Strategic Planning Committee: Michelle Peterson

Newsletter... Editor & Design:

Mark 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, Fall brings change. The Gardens is no exception. We say thank you to Michelle Peterson who recently stepped down from being president for all her hard work while in office. This month we take time to appreciate what we have and are grateful for the continued support of our members and volunteers who have been returning to the Gardens. We would also like to thank the city of Port St. Lucie for the updated conference room/kitchenette and the addition of electric accessibility throughout the garden that the city has installed. These improvements help us continue our expansion of events for the future. The weather is improving now which makes it an ideal time to get out into the garden and tackle those weeds that have been adding up all summer. The Botanical Gardens has it’s share too. We are always looking to welcome new and former volunteers for helping in the garden rooms or inside the pavilion as a greater or gift shop person. Shielding and safety protocols are in place for inside spots. Activities are returning with protocols in place too. Please join us for our annual Delights of December Plant and Gift Sale at The Gardens on Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9am to 1pm. We will have specials in our Gardens and Gift Shop for all to enjoy. Then, the new year brings the much-needed airing out with the second annual Art Show out in the garden on January 2nd & 3rd. Florida Arbor Day is January 15th. Come and join us out in the garden as we celebrate mother nature and the importance of trees in our lives. We will be re-visiting our first Arbor Day tree here at the Gardens marking our ten-year anniversary. Program Dedications are available and will be read aloud during the ceremony. Looking further into the new year, Botanica Garden Festival and plant sale will be February 13th & 14th.

All events will have social distancing. As we celebrate the upcoming of Holidays, we are thankful for you all, and hope to see you at the Gardens very soon.

Heather Furnari President


What’s Going on at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens in




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The Gardens The Gardens need donations of the following items in mint to good condition. • • • • • •

1-Gallon Pots Clay pots Ceramic Planters Yard Art Copy Paper Plants to Propagate

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Home Improvements Gift Cards Spray Nozzles TLC Garden Tools Volunteer New Members


Merv, Dale and Tim install the new bamboo fence. Our very own Bea Cooper at the St. Lucie West Garden Club Blue Star Memorial (below) Dedication at US Submarine Veterans Park.

Moon gate in bloom.


Korean War Veterans TCC106 Meeting at The Gardens.

The newly opened boardwalk at The Port next door to The Gardens.

Korean War Veterans TCC106 Meeting at The Gardens.

Weddings are perfect at The Gardens.

Weddings are perfect at The Gardens Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Girardi.



We are currently booking Wedding Ceremonies and Events for 75 guests and under inside our Pavilion and up to 100 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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The Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens proudly announce our 2nd Annual Art Show in The Gardens, which will be held at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens on Saturday, January 2, 2021 and Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 9am to 4pm each day (rain or shine). The Art Show will highlight local, regional and renowned artists in the mediums of Original - 2D, 3D, Jewelry & Fine Crafts. The show will also include Music, Dancing, Food Trucks and more. A variety of food, snack and beverage vendors will be on hand for your culinary pleasure as well as Art Raffles, Fairy Hair and local Non-Profit Agencies to complete the mix. Additionally, this year our event will include a Saturday evening “Party With The Artists” Silent Art Auction and Reception. An opportunity to meet and talk with the artists while enjoying a selection of hors d'oeuvres and entrées, adult beverages and good music. The Reception will be held Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 6pm to 9pm at The Gardens Pavilion and Promenade. Tickets will be available soon to the public for $50 per person –or- $75 per couple.

We invite Artists and Fine Crafters (all work must be original and not mass produced) to sign up to be an Artist or Fine Craft Vendor at our 2nd Annual Art Show in The Gardens. The Deadline for artist applications is November 30, 2020. We are accepting application for artists in the 2D, 3D, Jewelry & Fine Crafts categories. You can apply at **or** receive event updates on our event page at: events/753266478766751. Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information contact Mark Barnes at or visit our website at 25

Visit Our Gift Shop for a selection of fine gifts & more, one of a kind items & works from local Artists.


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