By Anna-Marie Menhenott
MARTIN COUNTY -- From orchids to flower art, this weekend's Flower Show and Garden Fest will have all types of culture covered.
The Garden Club of Stuart, now in its 76th year, will present its biennial Flower Show and Garden Fest on March 23-24, at the Martin County Fairgrounds. The theme of this year's show is "Music, Music, Music." Admission is free to the public.
The Flower Show is the Garden Club of Stuart's gift to the community.
"We try to cover every type of interest that gardener's may have," said Cyndy Trossbach, Garden Club spokeswoman. "There will be speakers giving presentations about orchids, roses, succulents, healthy water for plants and there will be a beekeeper who will give a presentation on the life of a bee."
Educational seminars will be presented both days:
On March 23, at 11 a.m., orchid tips and more will be presented by Ruben Moran III of Blooming Freedom. At 2 p.m., butterfly gardening in the home landscape will be presented by Peggy Kane, master gardener.
On March 24, at 11 a.m., succulents in your landscape will be presented by Anna-Marie Gray of Pinder's Nursery. At 2 p.m., mounting of Tilandsia and orchids will presented by Alexis Smith of Tropical Isles Orchids and Bromeliads.
Exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Garden Fest brings together garden-related vendors, many local, for those interested in purchasing plants and other garden-related items. Vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be activities for kids that include a station where children can make art including bookmarks and pictures. There is no cost for children to participate.
Local school children from Bessey Creek Elementary, Jensen Beach Elementary, Felix A. Williams Elementary and Citrus Grove Elementary will have projects on display that were made during the school year with assistance from The Garden Club of Stuart.
"More than 200 members of the Garden Club will have their designs judged in during the festival," said Ms. Trossbach.
The Garden Club of Stuart takes pride in educating its members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, floral design, botany, landscape design, conservation of natural resources, civic beautification, public sanitation and nature studies.
Besides learning about flowers, plants and trees there will be food vendors including southern barbeque from Tarheel Cookers.
For more information, visit www.gardenclubofstuart.org.