January 31 & February 1, 2015



 What a fabulous spring weekend for Gardenfest!  It seems the Garden Club of Indian River County Inc. ordered it especially for the thousands of patrons who came to see what wonderful plants, furniture, garden art, lighting and patios the vendors brought this year. Patrons were looking for those unusual and beautiful items to make their garden paradise. Saturday was “wagon room only” crowds with many people bringing their own wagons. Real gardeners have learned to come prepared.

Five sponsors made up our Blue Ribbon list with four of them having a presence at
Gardenfest!  Our sponsors are a very important part of Gardenfest!  We are truly grateful for all their support.

This year brought in a totally revised printed program with larger pages, higher quality paper, and available color for advertisers. Vero Beach Magazine created the beautiful bright back cover in addition to being a Blue Ribbon Sponsor.

Our ever popular “Ask The Experts” with ten different experts shared their knowledge over the two day event. A standing-room-only crowd sought information to perfect their plants and gardens.

A Plant Holding tent was a new service for shoppers – place where smaller purchases were held so visitors could continue shopping.

The wonderful Boys and Girls Club assisted patrons by taking all their wonderful finds to the parking lots in garden club wagons. They provide a fabulous service so patrons can shop with ease.
Gardenfest!  was a great place to be Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st under the beautiful trees in Riverside Park with all the gorgeous flowers, plants, and garden items, eating delicious barbecue with thousands of happy people.

Just wait until you see what we have in store for our 15th annual
Gardenfest! next year on February 6 & 7, 2016. Mark your calendar and buy a wagon. See you then!

Interested in becoming a vendor? Please check this web site for instructions. Drop us an email if you want to be a sponsor or advertiser. 

The Garden Club of IRC is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and the National Garden Club.


Blue Ribbon Gardeners
Harmony Reserve
Pak Mail Beachside/
White Glove Moving and Storage
Press Journal
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
Tom Collins Insurance Agency
Florida Power and Light Company Inc
Jack’s Complete Tree Service
Jasmine Garden Circle of GCIRC
Poinsettia Garden Circle of GCIRC

Backyard Gardeners
Rob Atkins Architecture, Inc.
Magic Carpet Ride and Goodtime Getaways
F. V. Casano Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Helena & Lee Pearson
Dace B. Stubbs Family Fund

Members Past and Present
Kathie Althoff
Barbara Carson
Carol Christiansen
di Ann Gage
Lyn Law
Janet Leh
Barbara Russell
Judy Schmidt
Renae Senn
Eleanor Sexton
Judith Shottes
Karen Vatland
Barbara Woodward


Ask the Experts
Gardenfest! 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 “Simply Orchids”
John Odom, Odom's Orchids, makes orchid culture simple and understandable for all.
11:00 "DIY Container Gardens"
Cindy Carson, "Dragonfly Designs" a Vero Beach based landscape design firm specializing in custom container gardens and landscape design.
12:00 "Irrigation for the Florida Homeowner"
Billy Jordan, Jordan Sprinkler Systems, Inc.
1:00 "Miniature Landscapes & Terrariums"
Elaine Erlanger, Elaine's Hidden Garden
Don't miss her terrarium demonstration!
2:00 "9 Steps to Florida Friendly Landscapes"
Bud Roberts, Operations Manager, Gary Roberts
Nursery and Landscape
3:00 "Florida Butterfly Gardening"
Ken Gonyo shares his extensive butterfly gardening experience in Florida and North Carolina.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
10:00 "Making Your Orchids Thrive"
Paul Price, Treasure Coast Orchid Society
11:00 "Using Florida Natives in the Residential Landscape"
Janice Broda, the Eugenia Chapter of the Native Plant Society
12:00 "Florida Native Bees, Superstars of the Garden"
Shari Blissett-Clark,
Florida Bat Conservancy/Bat Belfrys
1:00 "Rare Epiphytes, Hoyas, & Dischidias"
Antone Jones, Tropiflora, shares his expert plant knowledge with plant lovers.

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For more information contact (772) 567-4602 or email us

Sponsorships and Advertising Opportunities are available for 2016 ? please contact us

Interested in being a vendor for 2016? Please click here

Please note that inquiries from potential vendors must be done through mail and can not be accepted by email or by telephone. Inquiries are reviewed by a committee of members which decides if invitations will be issued.

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