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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Garden Club of Indian River County presented the Indian River Land Trust with a $5,000 gift to assist with the cost to beautify the entrance to the Bee Gum Point property.
The simple phrase "proceeds benefit local charities" started a great partnership. When the Garden Club of Indian River County made this announcement Ralph Monticello, the Land Trust's director of land protection, recognized a perfect synergy, a chance to partner with a first-rate garden club.
The GCIRC, with a long history in philanthropic beautification programs, was presented with the landscaping plans completed by a local landscape architect, Elizabeth Gillick, an advisor to the Indian River Land Trust.
The club embraced the idea of enhancing the entrance to Bee Gum Point with a landscaped filled with native species and a welcoming sign. Native species are being selected due to their ability to survive in a climate with less water.
Gay Brown, civic committee chairwoman for the GCIRC, noted that beautifying persevered property for the public's enjoyment is extremely gratifying for the community.
Bee Gum Point, a 111-acre property, was purchased and preserved by the land trust in March 2011. The property is an important block of conservation land. It is situated on the Atlantic fly-way, often described as the I-95 for birds.
Established in 1990, the mission of the Indian River Land Trust is to promote the preservation, conservation and improvement of natural resources and special places in Indian River County, for the benefit of the general public and future generations.
The Garden Club of Indian River County was established in 1928 to further the education of its members and the public in gardening, horticulture, floral arrangement and landscape design.
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