NATURE’S FINEST MARKETPLACE…
annual Gardenfest! was held in Riverside Park, Vero Beach with
90 vendors, 8 non-profit organizations and 8 Blue Ribbon sponsors greeting over
20,000 visitors. Saturday, February 6 was a beautiful day with large crowds
causing traffic to back-up the Barber Bridge and in the large grass parking
lots. Rains returned Saturday night after saturating the area about 1 ½ weeks
ago so, for the first time in 15 years, there was standing water in the park on
Sunday, February 7. Vendors were moved, walkways covered, mulch spread but the
show went on. People cheered late morning when the sun came out and crowds
appeared on this sunny, cold day.
It was a beautiful shopping event with plants, planters, pottery, fountains,
furniture, patio designs, lighting, statuary and other garden accessories.
Plants for sale included palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, Florida natives,
herbs, succulents, bamboo and roses. Gardenfest! continues as
the horticulturist's weekend resource and garden shopper's Mecca.
Fans of the horticulture arena visited Gardenfest! for the
interesting "Ask The Expert" question and answer sessions each day facilitated
by top-notch authorities in their fields. Our experts for 2016 were:
• "Caring for Your Orchids" with John Odom of Odom's Orchids, Inc.
• "Herbs, Garden To Table" with Dennis Gretton of D&D Growers
• "Garden Pollinators" with Shari Blisset-Clark of the Florida Bat
• "Shade Gardening" with Kathy Roberts of Central Florida Ferns
• "Caladiums" with Merry Savoy of Fancy Leaf Caladiums
• "Florida Natives" with Janice Broda of the Florida Native Plant Society-
• "The History, Benefits and Uses of Old Growth Cypress Wood" with Dee and Jesse
Vance of Nature's Relics
• "All About Orchids" with Paul Price of the Treasure Coast Orchid Society
|Thanks To Our
Blue Ribbon Gardeners
American Pools & Spas
American Outdoor Living
Billero & Billero Properties
Pak Mail Beachside/White Glove Moving and
The Breeze 93.7 and 97.1 Ocean FM
Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty
Vero Beach Magazine
Award Winning Gardeners
Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.
Green Thumb Gardeners
Allamanda Garden Circle of GCIRC
George G. Collins III DMD, P.A.
Tom Collins Insurance Agency Inc.
Florida Power and Light Company, Inc.
Jack's Complete Tree Service
Jasmine Garden Circle of GCIRC
Poinsettia Garden Circle of GCIRC
Helena & Lee Pearson
Reflection Pool Service
Schulke, Bittle, Stoddard, LLC
Dace B. Stubbs Family Fund
Whatever the reason, every year people come in
droves to enjoy the experience of Nature's
Finest Marketplace – Gardenfest! This event
educates, facilitates and fascinates those who
attended the weekend event.
Believing that "communities” make gardens grow
and gardens help communities grow," the Garden
Club of Indian River County has been involved
with many civic projects over 87 years. A
portion of the weekend proceeds are earmarked to
community outreach and educational programs
supported by the club to enhance, preserve and
beautify the landscape of Indian River County.
This is a by-invitation only event for vendors.
Interested in becoming a vendor for 2017? Please
check this web site for instructions.
Drop us an email if you want to be a sponsor or
advertiser. Like us on Facebook. Select the
"About Us" tab on this site for club membership
The Garden Club of Indian River County Inc. has
been a member of The Florida Federation of
Garden Clubs, Inc. since 1933 and is affiliated
with the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
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