Garden Club to host holiday home tour


Locals are invited to kick off their holiday season in a festive way at the Spade & Trowel Garden Club Annual Home Tour. 

This year’s event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 100 Sundance Lane, just off South Tropical Trail north of Pineda Causeway. The home will be seasonally decorated, courtesy of Something Different in Cocoa Village. There will be bake sale items available, vendors selling Christmas decorations and live music throughout the day. 

“We try to make the day as festive as possible, and there is really something for everyone to enjoy,” said Evelyn Fraley, a club member and one of the event’s planners. 

The Spade & Trowel Garden Club formed in 2010 as an offshoot of the Cocoa Rockledge Garden Club. Right now, there are 35 members who do community outreach beautification projects throughout the county. The Rockledge Police Station is one of the recent places the club has worked its beautification magic.

“Though we are small in numbers, our event brought in $9,000 last year,” Fraley said. Like Fraley, many of the club members are retired and just looking for a way to give back to the community during their free time. 

All of the money raised at the event goes to local charities and organizations, too. Some of the recipients of the funds will be Candlelighters of Brevard, the Space Coast Center for Women and Children, Walk on Water Horse Ministry and other local beautification organizations. 

“We just look around the community and look at what needs to be done, and then we go out and make it happen,” Fraley said. 

Tickets are $12 in advance and are available through a variety of merchants from Titusville to Melbourne. At the door, tickets are $15. For more information, call 321-459-0518.