Melbourne Garden Club celebrates 90th anniversary

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Sandi Dix, the president of the Melbourne Garden Club, talks with a fellow gardener at the Florida Tech Botanical Festival.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Grayson Dix

When president Sandi Dix of the Melbourne Garden Club (MGC) moved to Florida in 1995, she “brought a lot of flowers from Alabama and they didn’t make it
down here.”

Within two years, she was attending meetings at the club to find out what could grow in Florida.

Treasurer Kathryn Merry of MGC explained how her knowledge of gardening has expanded.

“I’ve gotten heavily into Florida natives, with the education of how they support native pollinators,” Merry said. “I’m in the process of transforming my yard from ornamental to natives. The fire-bush is a wonderful plant for both butterflies and hummingbirds. Wild coffee doesn’t need to be fertilized or watered once mature.

“Florida has a native plumbago, a wonderful ground cover with a white flower. Native Lantana has a white bloom. It’s not as showy as the purple and yellow ornamental Lantana that can become invasive and spread to the lands beyond your yard.”

A member for about five years, Merry praised the MGC.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to meet other gardeners — people looking to discover new topics.”

Merry said the club schedules two or three one-day tours each year. The club recently took a day trip to a Rock City nursery after having lunch.

A trip to Country Care Roses in Fellsmere is scheduled for April. The club will have lunch during the excursion.

“I love gardening … hands on, getting down and dirty,” she said.

The club has speakers at its monthly meetings and organizes club activities outside of the meetings.

Dix said Melbourne Village was going to add wildflower areas. The club teamed up to help them with the wildflower garden.

There are four master gardeners in MGC and Dix said the members are “anywhere from knowledgeable down to newbies.”

MGC celebrated its 90th anniversary in October 2017 at Melbourne’s Front Street Civic Center.

The club meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Friday of the month from September to May at the Eau Gallie Public Library, which located at 1521 Pineapple Ave. in Melbourne. 

For more information, call 321-952-5618 or send emails to

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