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Grading Vero Beach's Gardens

They came from Tallahassee, Gainesville and Jacksonville; from Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Lakeland; from Tampa-St. Petersburg, Naples and Orlando. It was spring, and the Florida Landscape Designers, a division of the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association (FNGA), had converged on Vero Beach for its annual tour.
 
We came together in the parking lot at McKee Botanical Garden where, as if on cue, the sky opened up for the first time in weeks. Fortunately, being in the profession and knowing the drought conditions that had been plaguing Florida, the group was undaunted by the gray skies and wet weather.

Read the entire article in the September 2000 issue