White Heron Award November 2013

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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

White Heron Award March 2013

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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.

Installation of Officers and Directors for 2013 – 2015

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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.)