Throwback Thursday: 7/27/17 – Yard of Fran Robinson


3030 – 18th Street, Vero Beach

We  visited the yard of avid Master Gardener on 7/27/2017, a visit re-scheduled from the usual third Thursday of the month due to thunderstorms.  If the weather allows, we’ll visit again on Thursday, 5/18/2019.

fran robinson

tim glover & live oak

Fran has worked hard to reduce grassed areas with lots of native wildflowers including fast-growing beach dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis) …

… snow squarestem (Melanthera nivea), beloved by pollinators …


… seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) …

… black eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirsuta) …


A special treat was to see atala butterflies …


Coontie (Zamia floridana), the only cycad native to Florida, is the plant on which this tropical butterfly uses as its larval host plant.  The landscape use of coonties has allowed this striking butterfly to extend its range.

coontie & black. eyed susan

9/20/2018: Visit the Yard of Martha & Roger Willoughby

We visited the yard of Martha & Roger Willoughby on 9-16-2014 (when the pictures above were taken) and will again visit on Thursday, 9/20/2018, at 5:30pm.

Beds of wonderful native wildflowers — bee balm (Monarda punctuata), red tropical sage (Salvia coccinea), sunny beach dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis), and blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella) — are part of their landscape.

Each meeting ends with an auction of native plants donated by members, so please come prepared.