January 31 & February 1, 2015



  Natures Finest Marketplace is the first arrival sign of spring in Vero. Look for this annual event at Riverside Park Saturday, January 31st from 9-5 and Sunday, February 1st from 9-4. A wonderful gardener’s paradise presented to you by the Garden Club of IRC. Eighty vendors, chosen especially for you by invitation only, will bring you the most beautiful flowering plants of unusual varieties, gorgeous ferns, herbs, bromeliads, orchids, palm trees, banana plants, violets, and many more plants that will temp your gardening skill. To complete your garden delight, you can’t forget the lighting, furniture, outdoor entertaining space, bird houses, and all the unusual garden art to make your area paradise. The Garden Club brings this wonderful world to you with no entry fee. Participation in our fabulous raffle of NINE different baskets compiled with gifts for various tastes: one for the golfer, one for the food and wine enthusiast, one for the spa and beauty treatment, and many more.

New this year is Vero’s very own 14 Bones barbecue, you may remember it as Bono’s, to provide you with all the delectable delights. Just imagine being in the perfect garden with the best barbecue to eat. Our “Ask the Expert” program will be available to answer all your questions about any challenging issue you may have in your garden. Don’t forget to bring your children! We have activities planned for them. So make it a family outing and spend the day. All wagons are welcome to carry your wonderful garden finds. The Boys and Girls Club volunteers will also be available with wagons to assist you in taking your prized items to your car.

Your participation at
Gardenfest! allows the Garden Club to keep IRC beautiful with all our civic projects. This past year we awarded 4 scholarships, sent 5 children to Camp Wekiva, donated to ORCA, enhanced the landscaping at the Main Library, the Homeless Shelter, Camp Haven, Leisure Square Community Project, the Whole Child Project at Highlands Elementary School, and Pelican Audubon Society. Eight palms in containers were donated to the Charter High School. A water wagon was donated to Shining Light Garden. Donations given to Coral Reef Restoration, Dogs for Life, Environmental Learning Center, McKee Botanical Garden, Pelican Island Preservation Society, and Main Street Vero Beach. So bring in this spring by enjoying the beautiful park on Gardenfest! weekend, find that prized garden item and enjoy some delicious barbecue.

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

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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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