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The Jensen Beach Garden Club, Inc.
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2019-2020
Monthly Meetings

The JBGC meets on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each
month from October through April at the

*Vincent Bocchino Community Center,
2369 NE Dixie Hwy, Jensen Beach *(unless otherwise noted on Meetings’ pages)

Sign-in: 10:30
Business Meeting: 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break

Program: 12:15 PM

October 16th,

The Violets of Peacock Cottage

Guest Speaker: Laura Perdomo is the owner of The Peacock Cottage, a plant shop where you can find unusual house plants, in Ocala, FL. After growing and selling African violets for over a decade, Laura decided to leave her teaching position (that she liked very much!) to leap into the world of plants full time. Vending at garden shows on the weekend eventually expanded into opening the brick and mortar shop in Ocala, going into their 5th year of business in January. With African violets as her main passion, Laura enjoys their wider gesneriad family as well! What a great plant family for Florida! After serving as President of the African Violet Council of Florida and her local Ocala club, Laura has the knowledge and understanding of the wants from the general public, to the hobby grower, to the serious plant expert.

Topic: Laura is excited to bring this informative and entertaining presentation about African violets and their relatives to the group. She will also have some plants and supplies for sale. 

November 20th

Dazzling Seasonal Flair

Guest Speakers: Betsy Doyle, owner of Hydrangea Flowers and Coffee located at 10439 SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound. Betsy, a former window display freelancer, said the coffee shop/wine bar plans to host sessions like paint and sip, wreath making, and build your own flower arrangements. After

Topic:  Just in time for your holiday table, Betsy will be showing us how to make beautiful arrangements with seasonal plants for the holidays.

December 13 th

 “Oh What Fun”
Club Holiday Gala

Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House

Friday December 13th,  12:00 Noon
1401 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, FL

 

This year we return to the Dolphin Bar for our Holiday Party. What better way to kick-off the Holiday season than to spend a Friday afternoon rejoicing with old friends. There will be food, fun and lots of games with prizes. Cost and menu details will be announced as soon as we have them.

Please see Linda Biagioni for reservations.

January 15th

Heavenly Herbs

Guest Speaker:  Ann Marie Gray of Pinder’s Nursery
         Ann Marie was born and raised in Wisconsin for 24 years, moved through Virginia, and New York before settling in Florida.  She began her dream job 9 years ago with Pinders and has moved up the ranks from Sales Associate to Retail Shop Manager.  She is a FNGLA member and is a Florida Certified Horticulture Professional. Pinder’s Nursery in Palm City has been a mainstay for gardeners for the past 30 years.

Topic:  Ann Marie returns to the garden club to demonstrate the growing and uses for herbs.

February 19th

Orchids, Bromeliads and Succulents

 

Guest Speaker: Mercedes Pardo, supervisor of Blooming Freedom, 3993 SW Leighton Farms Ave in Palm City.  Blooming Freedom, a family run business, was started by Mercedes’ aunt, Cristina Pardo in 1997 as a wholesale delivery service which specialized in Orchids & Bromeliads. In early 2000, Cristina decided to expand her business and purchased a 5 acre property in the heart of Palm City. Fast forward to today, Blooming Freedom has grown into a well known oasis where wholesalers and retail customers alike get to experience a garden center like no other. If you have never been to it put it on your list of must visits.

Topic:  Basic care of orchids, bromeliads and succulents including propagation, repotting, water needs, fertilization, planting or attaching the to trees. Mercedes will also discuss the different species.

March 18 th

Mango Mania

 Guest Speaker: Alexander Salazar, owner of Tropical Acres Farms in West Palm Beach.

Topic: Alex will give us a history of this legendary farm and introduce us to his passion, the mango!

April 15th

Making a Difference for our Local Youth

Guest Speaker: Marilyn Gavitt, Administrator of the Environmental Studies Center, Jensen Beach

Topic: Each year we provide scholarships for local students to attend several different summer camps. The Environmental Studies Center Summer Camp is one of the organizations to which we give. Today we will learn how that money is used. Marilyn will tell us about what it is that happens after we sign those checks. The Environmental Studies Center is operated by the Martin County Public School System. Students in kindergarten through seventh grade and high school marine biology and environmental science classes visit the Center each year to participate in hands-on field investigations. Students explore the St. Lucie Estuary, Indian River Lagoon, Hutchinson Island’s beaches, mangrove swamps and freshwater ponds and wetlands. The Center is home to a wide variety of fish and reptiles, including a loggerhead sea turtle and an alligator named Joey!

 

 

 

Previous Years Meetings

 

Bocchino Community Center
2369 NE Dixie Hwy, Jensen Beach

Meetings start at 11:00 AM

 

October 17, 2018

Sign-in & Help Desk: 10:30
Business Meeting: 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break
Program: 12:15 PM

Treasure Coast Environmental
Update Part 2

Guest Speaker: Paul Laura, Environmentalist

Paul provides research project support for the Florida Oceanographic Society and Smithsonian Marine Station to restore our Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River.

Topic: Paul will return to update us on the current status of work to reduce the Lake Okeechobee discharges and will discuss environmental initiatives on fracking, liquid natural gas and solar energy in Florida.

Bocchino Community Center
2369 NE Dixie Hwy,
Jensen Beach, Florida

 

November 14, 2018**
**Note the scheduled date change due to holiday plans.

Sign-in & Help Desk: 10:30
Program: 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break
Business Meeting: 12:15 PM

Make & Take
Your Own "FAB" Flower Pot

Guest Speakers: Gail Rounds & Laurie Hoot-Capon, Master Gardeners

Topic:  Gail And Laurie will teach us how to create a fabric pot using cement and fabric/terry cloth.

*This is a "dress down" meeting...
Bring your "inner child" and prepare to get a bit messy.

What to bring: This project is a bit messy so wear an old shirt or apron to cover your clothes, a small cloth towel for clean-up, Scissors, and old shoes. Lastly, please bring a box to take your pot home in (about a 12" x 12" with low sides (2-4") high). The club will supply everything else.

*To allow for drying time, this project will start at 11:00 AM with the business meeting starting at 12:15 PM.

Bocchino Community Center
2369 NE Dixie Hwy,
Jensen Beach, Florida

 

 December 5, 2018

Our "FUN"raiser Event at Eagle Marsh Country Club

 12 Noon – 4:00PM

Appetizer Buffet & Cash Bar

This year the garden club will be bringing you something new and different in the form of a fundraiser.  It will be a Vendor Event just in time for your last minute holiday shopping.

Bring your friends and family to enjoy this event. Browse our numerous vendors. Shop for holiday gifts or a find something special for yourself. Bring your lucky charms to win a raffle. A delectable appetizer buffet to enjoy on the veranda at your leisure is included with the price of your ticket. Watch for further details.

Program: Light Up Your Holidays
Times: 2:00 PM

A representative from Heathcote Botanical Gardens will be demonstrating some of their secrets used in creating their spectacular Garden of Lights Holiday Show.

Eagle’s Nest Restaurant
3869 NW Royal Oak Drive
Jensen Beach, FL 3495

Funds raised go to promote the Jensen Beach Garden Club
and Youth Scholarships.

 

January 16, 2019

Sign-in & Help Desk: 10:30
Business Meeting: 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break
Program: 12:15 PM

Meet Your Nature Neighbors

(Who is Out There?)

Guest Speaker: Tim Brown, Director of Education for the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center.

Topic: Learn about the variety of wildlife found in Florida’s unique and diverse natural habitats, including representative living birds of prey, and reptiles. This is an opportunity to see some of our wildlife up close and personal.

Bocchino Community Center
2369 NE Dixie Hwy,
Jensen Beach, Florida

 

February 20, 2019

Sign-in & Help Desk: 10:30
Business Meeting: 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break
Program: 12:15 PM

Hidden Enchantment


*NOTE* Location Change

 

Guest Speaker: Joleen King, Master Gardener, President of the Friends of PSL Botanical Gardens Board of Directors and President of Rio Lindo Garden Club of Port St. Lucie.

Topic:  We will meet at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens to discover the secret garden in our own backyard. Joleen will tell us about its creation and history. You will have an opportunity to tour the gardens and be amazed by the many different plants and garden themes they have created. Return on Saturday for their plant sale. This 20-acre gem, adjacent to the St Lucie River North Fork on Westmoreland Boulevard, is near Port St. Lucie Blvd.  PS: They have a very nice gift shop!

 Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens
2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd
Port St. Lucie, Florida

 

March 20, 2019

Sign-in & Help Desk: 10:30
Business Meeting: 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break
Program: 12:15 PM

Spring Sprouts

 

Guest Speaker:  Ann Nyhuis of A Garden's Glory, was recently recognized as the first Certified Naturally Grown Producer in eastern Florida for her takeaway, fresh plates of micro greens!

Topic:  Enjoy listening to Ann share her story about their trademarked "Microgreens-Piatto Frescos". We will take part in this interactive demonstration on how to grow indoors live, vibrant, tasty, and healthy super foods known as Microgreens. Everyone will have an opportunity to create and take home his or her own Micro-Green Grower Kit.

This is your chance to grow your own “Superfood”!

Bocchino Community Center
2369 NE Dixie Hwy,
Jensen Beach, Florida

 

***Fundraising Event***

April 7, 2019

Ninth Annual Plant Sale

 

9:00AM - 2:00PM

1717 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, Florida

 

The garden club will hold its 9th Annual Plant Sale at the Indian Riverside Park.  Last year’s sale was our most successful, so far.  Please get your plants started early, to continue that success. This year the club will have a help desk at each meeting and programs to help you along the way with your plants.

This is one of our major fundraising events and all members are asked to be involved in some way. Dotty Brinkman and the Plant Sale committee are always in need of many helping hands. Please contact them to volunteer in some way for this huge event.

 

*Funds raised go to promote the Jensen Beach Garden Club
and Youth Scholarships.

 

 

April 17, 2019

Sign-in & Help Desk: 10:30
Business Meeting: 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break
Program: 12:15 PM

Succulent Joy

Guest Speaker:  Ann Marie Gray
         Ann Marie was born and raised in Wisconsin for 24 years, moved through Virginia, and New York before settling in Florida.  She is mother to three wonderful children who are now a nurse, an army medic and a college student.  She began her dream job 9 years ago with Pinders and has moved up the ranks from Sales Associate to Retail Shop Manager.  She is a FNGLA member and is FCHP certified.  She loves all her plants at the nursery, but succulents are plants she enjoys the most.

Topic:  Ann Marie will give us a demonstration on how to create a charming container of succulents. She will discuss how to create your own mini-garden of succulents and she will discuss how to grow, refresh, propagate, and take care of succulents. Easy to care for and drought-tolerant, succulents come in all kinds of interesting forms, textures, and colors. She will also have succulents available for us to purchase.

 

 

October 18, 2017

Propagation: Make and Take

Guest Speaker: Gail Rounds and Laurie Hoot-Capon

Master Gardeners, Co-President JBGC and 2nd Vice President

Topic: Our own resident experts will teach us how to propagate. As a special treat, we will be starting a new plant to take home!


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November 15, 2017

Environmental Issues Impacting Martin County and Florida

Guest Speaker: Paul Laura, Environmentalist.

Paul provides research project support for the Florida Oceanographic Society and Smithsonian Marine Station to restore the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River.

Topic: Paul will update us on the current status of work to reduce the Lake Okeechobee discharges and will discuss environmental initiatives on solar energy, fracking and liquid natural gas in Florida.

 
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December 7, 2017


Holiday Luncheon and Meeting


The Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House
1401 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach
(details to be announced)


Join us to celebrate the season with an afternoon of fun, food and friendship.
Program: Pamela Crawford’s
Container Gardening in Florida
Be inspired and enjoy this informative and fun DVD!

 
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January 17, 2018

White Fly: Oh my!!

Guest Speaker: Cindy McKenzie, Ph.D.

Research Entomologist, U S Horticultural Research Laboratory, ARS-USDA

Topic: Cindy will discuss the history, importance, and current status of the sweet potato whitefly as well as numerous exotic whitefly that have recently invaded the state.  Banker plant systems, a type of biological control will be discussed as well as three other invasive species of insects that have established in Florida over the past decade and are causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage and major ecological disruptions to native ecosystems.

 
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February 21

The Birds of Florida and How to Attract Them

Guest Speaker: John Nelson

President, Audubon of Martin County, Certified Florida Master Naturalist

Topic: Florida has a very diverse population of birds, especially during the late fall, winter and early spring months.  At least 200 different bird species can be found on the Treasure Coast during this time, and many of them can be attracted to a well-designed back-yard bird habitat.  Learn about our local birds while also discovering how to create a backyard bird habitat that will truly benefit our migrating birds.

 
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February 28, 2018    Fundraiser

 

*Blingo Fundraiser*

Jensen Beach Garden Club presents its
2nd Annual Bingo Luncheon and Fundraiser at the Stuart-Jensen Elks Lodge #1870
1001 S. Kanner Hwy, Stuart, FL

Bring your spouses and friends for a fun-filled event!
And don’t forget your “Bling”.
Proceeds benefit student scholarships

Tickets $30.00 Time: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Includes lunch and 6 games of bingo with cash prizes!
There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, Raffle Prizes and of course, BINGO!!!

 
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March 21, 2018

Use of Caladiums by Homeowners

Guest Speaker: James D. (Don) Bates

Bates Sons & Daughters,
Family Caladium Bulb Growers Since 1946

Topic: Topic: Don will discuss the history of the caladium industry, caladium use and applications.  He will offer brochures, show samples of different bulb sizes, and will bring several caladiums in pots.

Following Don’s presentation, we will have bulbs for sale and instructions for planting at home.


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April 8, 2018

Fundraiser


8th Annual JBGC Plant Sale

1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

Our annual plant sale will again be held at Indian Riverside Park. This has become a very popular fundraiser in Jensen Beach. We have many returning customers that depend on us for advice and a variety of plants. To make this the best sale ever, please support your club and the scholarships we provide by donating 6 plants that you lovingly raised for scholarships for area students.

 
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April 18, 2018

Small Scale Urban Farming in South Florida

Guest Speaker: Michael Meier

Co-owner, Ground Floor Farm, Stuart FL

Topic: Mike will explore the role of urban agriculture which can change the food we eat, and he will contrast small scale farming with large agribusiness and its impact on the environment. Ground Floor Farm grows vegetables, fruit, and herbs for sale directly to our local community.  Their agriculture follows small-plot-intensive and permaculture techniques.  They adhere to organic and sustainable practices, focusing on building rather than depleting soil.  They prioritize heirloom, native and ecologically appropriate varieties of crops.

 

 

 

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