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Service in Full Bloom

The Garden Club of Indian River County has been beautifying our community for 90 years

Linda Colontrelle, Julie Eisdorfer, Carol Christiansen, Lorry Gartner (with Foster), Connie Derman and Susan Simmens are members of the Garden Club’s Jasmine Circle.

Linda Colontrelle, Julie Eisdorfer, Carol Christiansen, Lorry Gartner (with Foster), Connie Derman and Susan Simmens are members of the Garden Club’s Jasmine Circle.

One of the first things Julie Eisdorfer did after moving to Vero Beach was to see if there was a local garden club. There was, and she wasted no time in joining the Garden Club of Indian River County, a member of the National Garden Clubs and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.

Eisdorfer, who grew up in a garden-loving family, currently serves as president of the 230-plus-member nonprofit formed in 1928. The group’s founding purpose remains the same today: to educate members and the general public in gardening, floral arrangement, horticulture and landscape design; to study and assist in protecting and conserving native plants and natural resources; and to beautify city parks, schools, roadways and buildings.

Over the years, garden club members have enhanced the grounds of numerous public places, among them the Indian River County Main Library, Heritage Center, A.W. Young Park, Vero Beach Theatre Guild, Freshman Learning Center and the median between the Barber Bridge and Royal Palm Pointe, which was planted in memory of those who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Garden Club’s latest green thumb effort has taken root at St. Francis Manor, an affordable senior community on 20th Avenue where, surrounding the two newly constructed apartment buildings, foliage flourishes. This isn’t the first beautification project club members have gifted to the appreciative residents; a butterfly garden near the entrance was created earlier by members of the Jasmine Circle charms visitors and residents alike.