United Methodist Women’s 2013 Fashion Show.

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pic7We are part of the larger Methodist Church, but mainly we are everyday folks from all walks of life, gathering to worship Jesus Christ, and to serve Him in our community. We have a worship style that is very blended – having elements of old and new.

Today was the United Methodist Women’s 2013 Fashion Show.

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McKee Botanical Garden

Today I visited McKee Botanical Garden, located in southern gateway to Vero Beach, Florida.
McKee Gardens
The garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a historic Florida landmark. It has been endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of National Significance and received the Florida Trust’s “Outstanding Achievement in Landscape Architecture” in 2002.

McKee Botanical Garden is known for its 18-acre subtropical jungle hammock, filled with plants appropriate for horticultural growing zone 9B. This dense and diverse collection also features several restored architectural treasures.


McKee Gardens

McKee Gardens

McKee Gardens

McKee Gardens

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Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Today we visited, Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Heathcote Botanical Gardens consists of an assortment of specialty gardens including a Japanese Garden, Reflection Garden, Herb Garden, Rainforest Display, Native Plants Garden and a Palm & Cycad Walk. These areas convey an atmosphere of individual garden rooms. Through this type of garden design, you will sense the intimacy of this unique botanical garden. Gracing the areas in between these specialty gardens are borders of flowering shrubs, bulbs, trees, vines and other assorted herbaceous plants. Niches found throughout the garden provide varied microclimates, which allows the use of a wide variety of plants ranging from those found in Mediterranean climates to the Tropics.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is located on the southeast coast of Florida, in USDA PLANT HARDINESS zone 9b, and has both native Florida flora as well as exotic flora from around the world. It is uniquely situated in a biological transition zone between a warm-temperate zone to the north and a subtropical zone to the south. A transition zone contains species that are characteristic of the adjacent region to its north and south, as well as species that occur only in the transition zone. In the botanical world this is advantageous because it allows for greater diversity, which means that one may grow many kinds of plants from around the world that live under conditions associated with three climatic zones.

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Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL

Today, we visited Bok Tower Gardens, a “must see Florida attraction” centrally located between Tampa and Orlando among rolling hills of citrus!

Nearly 50 acres of Olmsted gardens surround Pinewood Estate, a 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, and the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower housing one of the world’s finest carillons with 60 bells that ring every half hour and during daily concerts.

The National Historic Landmark was dedicated in 1929 as a gift from Dutch immigrant Edward Bok, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world peace advocate.

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