Longboat Key, Florida | September 27th, 2017 – Among our privileges as realtors based on Longboat Key is getting to know many of the personalities and nonprofits on the island who help make living and working here such a pleasurable experience.
The Longboat Key Garden Club is one of those entities whose activities we’ve gotten acquainted with. Having seen how its efforts contribute much to the quality of life in our town, we can look forward to this club again helping resolve local problems post-Hurricane Irma. Led no less by assistant to the town manager Susan Phillips, the garden club is more than a group of ladies whose only concern is cultivating ornamental plants, flowers and the like.
What many don’t know is that this 48-year-old club consisting of some 150-plus members is also a service-oriented organization. It is quite active in fundraising for the club’s various meritorious projects. One of the most successful fundraisers of the Longboat Key Garden Club is its annual Home Tour which had its 41st edition early this 2017.
Besides raising funds, this activity likewise fosters a strong sense of community by offering an opportunity among the islanders, as well as out-of the-key guests, to get to know their neighbors a little better. Three Longboat residences plus one in Lido were featured in this tour held in March this year.
Another popular project of the town’s garden club is its “Taste of the Keys and Fashion Show” traditionally held each January. This year’s event featured the fashion styles of Seattle-based Tommy Bahama, in addition to the delectable cuisine from 11 restaurants on Longboat Key. Acting as the celebrity bartenders for this occasion were former town mayors Jim Brown and Jack Duncan and current Mayor Terry Gans, while the club’s scholars during the past 10 years were the fashion models.
More than Scholarships
All of the funds that the Longboat Key Garden Club is able raise through such events goes to its grants and scholarships awarded to deserving recipients. The club’s focus in choosing its scholars is on those who are involved in groundbreaking initiatives that would positively impact the Longboat Key community. Two of the club’s recent scholars are notably now pursuing PhD’s in sustainable farming, aquaculture for food supply enhancement, and remediation of tainted soils.
Besides its scholars, the Longboat Key Garden Club is also extending grants or donations to kindred nonprofits like the Save Our Seabirds. The latter is a Sarasota-based nonprofit whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured birds, as well as educate the public on nature and environmental sustainability.
The basis of the garden club in awarding grants is largely based on its main objectives which extends beyond growing the knowledge and love of gardening. Grant applicants may qualify too if their projects are compatible with the group’s other objectives, which include: to foster the preservation of the natural beauty of Longboat Key and/or its surrounding areas; to promote wildlife conservation and the preservation of the purity of local waters; and to support broader environmental concerns and educate the youth and adults accordingly.
The Longboat Key Garden Club is but one of the many private groups on the island which, in one way or another, contribute in making our town one of the best places to settle in or to buy a residential property. Check with our Judy Kepecz-Hays Team if you have a property to sell or buy. We have more local insights to share which should be valuable in landing the best deal in the local market.