Those who attended the meeting in May know the story.
( If you know someone who is interested and not on our email list–or does not use email–please let them know of the change. )
For everyone else: at the beginning of the month I was notified by the U.F. Research & Education center that they are changing their policy for non-university groups after hours. Once that new policy takes effect, we will need to find a different meeting place. I didn’t know then exactly when this would take effect, so the board searched for another venue before the May meeting.
There were a few possibilities. Since we had for several years participated in their general spring plant sale, as well as our own early summer Taste of the Tropics and plant sale at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden, we asked them if we could use their building and the meeting room where we hold our Taste of the Tropics event. We agreed that having the Rare Fruit Club at the Botanical Garden was a good fit.
Although it is farther for our members in Indian River County and Fort Pierce, when I checked the number of current members, there are more than three times as many members in PSL and south as there are in northern Treasure Coast. That led to a very positive response from members at the meeting for using the PSL Botanical Garden.
I spoke to the management of our current spot before the meeting and learned that September would likely be the soonest we would need to vacate, but people wanted to go ahead and make the switch starting next month.
I just got off the phone with management at the Botanical Garden and it is official. We will now be meeting, same time, same day, which is the third Thursday every month at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden at 7:00 pm.
. Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden
. 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd.
. Port St. Lucie, FL
It is located just south of SE Port St Lucie Blvd. and two miles west of Hwy 1.
We will open the building to set up at 6:00, and people are welcome to arrive after about 6:30 for a little social time. We will continue to have our raffle, auction and tasting table as before.
One thing the Botanical Garden requested is that we not park in the circular drive out front. Although it is rare, if someone faints, etc. (which happened to someone at a recent event), the drive needs to be kept clear for emergency vehicles. There is plenty of parking on either side of the circle, and overflow parking in the grass area south of the pond as you arrive.
The venue change will be announced again in the reminder email the week of the meeting, and we will post a sign on the door at our previous meeting place on Rock Road that night.