Gala in the Garden

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Valparaiso Garden Club members are anxious to share Paradise Gardens and the educational opportunities it offers with the public.

Valparaiso Garden Club invites the public to a Gala in Paradise Gardens from 2-4 p.m. May 14. Club members will be standing by to show you through the garden at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, an award-winning pro-ject of the garden club.

Paradise Gardens is designed to atttract and support pollinators. Within it are many pollen and nectar producing plants. Host plants that support butterfly caterpillars encourage a healthy population of these beautiful pollinators. Interpretive signs identify butterfly host plants and include a picture of the butterfly attracted.Valparaiso Garden Club members are concerned about the diminishing population of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles and various other insects. Members know that one out of every three bites of food we eat is dependent on the work of pollinators.

Activities at the Gala include a presentation in the Blue Room of the museum at 2:15 p.m. by Marie Harrison entitled Pollinators in Peril. Harrison will expound on the problems faced by pollinators and will suggest ways that residents can help at home.

Following the presentation, members of the club’s educational committee will conduct tours and discuss plants included in the garden. Plants and seeds will be available for purchase to help you get started with your own pollinator garden. Refreshments will be served. Plan for a visual treat as well as an eye-opening and educational experience.

The Valparaiso Garden Club wants you to put the following Saturday, May 21, on your calendar as well. Club members will be at the Palm Plaza parking lot on John Sims Parkway, Niceville, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. holding their annual plant and garage sale.

Available for purchase will be many plants to enhance your garden as well as interesting garage sale finds. All proceeds will sup-port club projects.

Valparaiso Garden Club is the 2015 Garden Club of the Year for the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and the Deep South Region of Garden Clubs. The club received this year’s FFGC Award of Excellence for a Club as well as several awards for Paradise Gardens and other projects.

Membership is open to all who are interested in gardening, environmental concerns, floral design and other garden related topics. Membership information will be available at the Gala.