I visited Key West, Florida where
the Garden Club provided the public with a special opportunity to peek
behind the fences and walls of five private gardens.
The following are photos taken during
Each and every garden was beautiful
and deserving of the distinction bestowed upon them.
However, two of the gardens deserve
special mention. One belongs to Pat Tierney and is an inspiration to all
who inherit empty lots when they begin gardening. His property had only
three trees when he began landscaping 14 months ago and it is now a lush
tropical paradise for him and his parrot "Boobala".
The other, is the garden of Mark
Lindus. Mark operates Marc's House, a vocational /center for the mentally
and physically handicapped in Key West. He teaches gardening skills that
enable his students to secure gainful employment in the area. This is "Garden
Therapy" at its best!
Lignum vitae (Guaiacum sanctum)
and beautiful Bromeliads on the grounds of the West Martello Tower and
Garden Center in Key West
Orchids grow in the trees and on
the walls of the old fort.
One of the many Banana plants at
the Bennett house. This dwarf Chinese Cavandish variety is only 5' tall
from the top of the trunk to the ground when fully grown. It produces bananas
6 " long and about 1 1/2" in diameter which don't split open and cause
fruit flies to swarm. It is also resistant to wind tattering.
The modest, 850 square foot building
purchased by Pat Tierney, has been converted into a modified tropical bungalow.
Walls were knocked out; French doors were added along with a wrap-around
veranda and a hamock positioned to give its owner a great view of the paradise
Mini torch ginger (Tapeinochilos
The pool surrounded by the mini
gardens and waterfall areas created in the Lindus yard with the help of
Marc's House special students.
A magnificent date palm (Phoenix
dactylifera) dances in the wind against a brilliant blue sky
If you enjoyed this tour why not
join me on another
Secret Gardens of Martin County
Moringa Garden Tour & Tea
Ribbon designs from the FGC Flower Show
the Annie Beck Tree
the FFGC State web site
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