The Marathon Garden Club has awarded their Great White Heron Award to Brutus Seafood Market and Eatery located at 6950 Overseas Highway for the beautiful tiki hut recently completed on the west side of the building.
This family business is headed up by Letty and Bruce Irwin who are joined by son Ryan and daughters, Chelsey and Jessica. Ryan is a fifth-generation commercial fisherman, Jessica is the bookkeeper and assistant manager and Chelsey is the front of house manager.
“One year after opening, we realized we needed more space so we built the tiki hut,” says Chelsey. “My mom’s love for landscaping really shows through in our design. She aimed for a tropical comfortable setting for our guests to enjoy outdoor dining. We are pleased with the results and welcome everyone to join us for a new experience.”
The family is proud of the quality of seafood they put on diners’ tables and in the market, as well as their one-of-a-kind family recipes.
The Garden Club congratulates the Irwin’s on their wonderful enhancement to our tropical paradise.
The Marathon Veterinary Hospital is the recipient of the garden club’s first Great White Heron Award for 2014.
Our judging is based on the appearance of the building, property maintenance, signs, landscaping parking and compliance. In addition to the attractive native plants along US Route 1, this property also has landscaping in back of the building as well as an attractive wall mural along one side.
Our congratulations to Dr. Geraldine Diethelm and Dr.Douglas Mader on their wonderful enhancement to our tropical paradise.
Judy Shaw presents the White Heron Award to Dr. Geraldine Diethelm of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital.
The weekend of March 13-14, 2010 was an occasion for a wish come true for Mort Wood! He and several other Veterans from WW II noticed that the Blue Star Marker at the Vaca Cut Bridge in Marathon was in need of attention. He approached Pete Chapman, Chairman of the City of Marathon Beautification Board to inquire about the maintenance of the Marker. Pete shared this information with Beautification Board member & President of the Marathon Garden Club, Linnea Cunningham. The Blue Star Marker Highways were Federally designated with the assistance of the National Garden Club to honor United States Military Service Membersin 1945. The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs recommended contact with Thomas Stelling of Daytona Beach, an experienced refurbisher. Tom worked on the sign and now the gold letters and blue star stand out and can be read from a distance. Donations from some generous folks made the refurbishing possible; Morton Wood, BarbaraFehsenfeld, Sandy & Dick Gebhardt, Marlis & Erick Bley, Linda & Lynn Mapes, Pete Chapman, Darby & Don Wathne and Pat & Dick Rowley. (The last two couples were unable to be present for the photo shoot.) The Marathon Garden Club gives recognition and a huge thank you to this generous group.
Sea Grapes Apartments, located at 7151 Overseas Highway in Marathon, was recently awarded the White Heron Award by the Marathon Garden Club! This traveling award is presented throughout the year to area businesses that participate in beautification projects on properties located along the US1 corridor between Conch Key and the Seven Mile Bridge. Sea Grapes Apartments opened in 2009, has 84 units, 100% occupancy & a waiting list! Their landscaping includes a variety of palms, buttonwoods, crotons & ornamental bird of paradise. Judy Shaw, Master Gardener & member of the Marathon Garden Club (left) presented the award to Aleida Roldan, Business Manager and Rudy Otero who maintains the landscaping & grounds. Sea Grape Apartments is owned by the Carlisle development group & managed by the Pinnacle company.
Dolphin Research Center, on Grassy Key, was recently awarded the White Heron Award by the Marathon Garden Club! This traveling award is presented throughout the year to area businesses that participate in beautification projects on properties located along the US1 corridor between Conch Key and the Seven Mile Bridge. Dolphin Research Center (DRC) worked with Gonzalez Brothers landscaping to improve the landscape & appearance of their main entrance and parking lot. Judy Shaw, Master Gardener & member of the Marathon Garden Club, presented the award to Armando “Mandy” Rodriguez DRC’s Co-Founder and Chief operating Officer.
On November 15th Judy Shaw (shown on the left) presented the Marathon Garden Club’s White Heron Award to Patty Philcox, manager of the new Walgreens store at 5271 O/S Highway. Walgreens was recognized for their beautification of Marathon and attractive landscaping. Photo by Scarlett Duffy
The Marathon Garden Club recently presented the White Heron Award to Grassy Key RV Park & Resort. This traveling award is given to area businesses along the US1 corridor, between Conch Key and the Seven Mile Bridge, in recognition of their efforts to improve the landscaping and curb appeal of their properties.
Wendy Murphy & Jack Browning took over managing the resort in 2009 & have made numerous improvements including widening the buffer plantings between the park & US1 and using black granite in contrast with coral gravel in the hardscape. The 4 acre resort located near MM58 has 38 RV sites, marina, pool & beach area. The new landscape is a combination of natives & tropical plants including buttonwood, ornamental plumeria, bougainvillea, crotons, ruella and an assortment of palms.
Judy Shaw (right), Master Gardener & member of the Marathon Garden Club, presented the award to Wendy Murphy & Jack Browning, Resort Managers.
From left are: Alene Teynor, Director; Phyllis Schewe, Director, Dale Chorebanian, 3rd Vice President; Sande Neiditz, Director; Mary Ann Worthington, 1st Vice President; Janie Byland, Director; Cindy Wooten, Corresponding Secretary; Loyal Eldridge, Lead Treasurer; Pat Dean, 2nd Vice President; Carl Miller, Co-Treasurer; Rosemary Thomas, President; Geraldine Zahn, Assistant Treasurer. Recording Secretary, Claudia Hamrick was absent.
Members of the Board received packages of seeds in keeping with the nature of their responsibilities. For example, the treasurers received gold marigolds.The President was given a package of snapdragons which prompted everyone to burst into laughter. Note photo on the right! On right, Linnea Cunningham, Past President, served as installing officer. (See more installation photos in our Seeds for Thought newsletter here.)