The Secret Gardens of Martin County
A Tour sponsored by The Garden
Club of Stuart, Inc.
members of the Florida Federation
of Garden Clubs, Inc.
A selection of 9 gardens offer visitors a
masterful collection of creative ideas for all types of landscapes.
Using new varieties and old favorites, dirt
gardeners and Landscape Architects developed theme gardens that captured
your attention and imagination. A Tropical Rainforest, A Jewel
on the River, A Palm Paradise, An Artists Retreat, A Bermuda Beauty, A
Place on the Point, a Sunset Garden, A Frog Heaven and Jonnie's Hospice
Garden; showed us that there are plants available to thrive in all locations.
Whether your spot is boggy or dry, salty or loamy......All you need is
a little imagination, the right species and some TLC.
The Rain Forest Garden
was developed by Landscape Architect Phil
Maddux. There are over 1,000 varieties of plants in his garden with
a place for perennials, a butterfly area, hummingbird habitats, native
collections and aquatics.
It is a collectors paradise!
Black Bamboo is a dramatic addition
to a garden.
Baby Doll Jatropha is a good butterfly attractor.
Plant some Giant White Begonia for lush continuous blossoms
Native Mimosa groundcover looks like little pink lolly pops!
The Jewel on the River
Paula Crouthamel, a Landscape Architect,
created her own Jewel and started planting just 2 1/2 years ago.
She has created several gardens on her
The Meditation Garden is a peaceful place
with the golden glow of Bamboo and a carpet of Star Sedum
In the Catus Garden where "some like it hot" the incongrously
named Ice Plant shares a spot with the Agave
It's a Palm Paradise
on a famous old palm plantation
A beautiful spot to linger by the
tropical lagoon and gaze out over the St. Lucie river.
You are surrounded by a variety of handsome
palms from the majestic Bismark to the funky, chunky Bottle Palm.
Landscape Artchitect, Meg Whitmer helped create this magnificent landscape.
An Artist's Retreat
Chris & Julia Perry are "dirt gardeners"
who have combined their talents to create a retreat that offers several
special spots to please the eye. From the sunny floral entrance to
the angel bridge, this is an inspired garden that has a hint of romance
and a touch of whimsy!
Sunflowers and a welcome mat of Coreopsis welcome
you to The Perry's Place!
Herbs share space with the loofa vine
Pink Pandora Vine is a nice contrast against the weathered gray
A trellis hangs heavy with the lavendar blossoms of Florida Wysteria
which is also called Queen's Wreath
Angels Guard the back yard bridge. There is no water to cross
only a river of rock.
But then,... the walking Iris doesn't really walk. Just close
your eyes and Imagine!
The Sunset Garden
Bold, colorful plantings and sensuous curvy
paths lead you naturally to the waterfront. Landscape Architect Meg
Whitmer of Collective Design combined a unique collection of salt tolerant
plants to fashion this special setting with a feng shui feeling.
"Red Sister" Hawaiian Ti Plants grace the river stone walkways long
with "Red Tip" Cocoplum,
Oyster Plants and Corkscrew Crotons
If you enjoyed your tour, you might like to take
I invite you to join me to visit:
The Gardens of Key West
Moringa Garden Clubs Garden Tour
The Award winning Designs from
the FGC Flower Show
Read about the Annie Beck Tree
My Garden..a Backyard Wildlife
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