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ISLAND VIBES: PROPERTY OWNERS INTERPRET KEYS STYLE ON GARDEN WALK

The Backyard Membership of the Higher Keys is in its seventieth yr. Based in 1952, the membership was given a constitution and non-profit standing by the Florida Federation of Backyard Golf equipment in 1956, then settled in its everlasting Tavernier dwelling — formally named The Francis Tracy Backyard Heart — in 1962. Per its web site, the membership even has a mission: “to foster, promote, develop, shield and preserve the pure beauties of the Higher Keys by training and publicity.” 

The Backyard Stroll has been performed since 1980, and will probably be held this yr on Saturday, Feb. 19 — “rain or shine!” as acknowledged on the flier — and is a option to educate the general public concerning the membership’s mission.

If this all sounds very formal and official, don’t let it get to you. The Backyard Stroll is a visible blast and a lift for a weary soul. 

As Kathy Holmes, the Backyard Stroll chair, explains it, every of the 5 properties on the tour personifies, in its personal method, “the Keys Illness.” And as locals know, the Keys illness ain’t formal.

“As soon as the Keys Illness is in your system, it’s arduous to get out — the climate, the water, the island vibe, the type,” she stated. “These 5 homes are all styled another way. It’s how totally different individuals interpret the Keys.”

For instance, Villa Verde at MM93, the primary backyard on the tour, is a sprawling, six-lot hammock of bushes with plenty of personal locations to take a seat and luxuriate in paintings and greenery in peace and quiet. Two bushes appear to be straight out of a fairy story. They’ve wood face sculptures positioned on them that gaze out at passersby as in the event that they needed to have a dialog.

The following backyard, known as Native Oasis, at MM90, abuts a lagoon and has so many native vegetation that it has been designated a “Licensed Wildlife Habitat” by the Nationwide Wildlife Federation. There’s additionally a significant cool issue right here: the property has a camper, houseboat and a tiny cottage in a unified colour theme of juicy inexperienced and shiny shades of blue. There are such a lot of locations to hang around and lounge {that a} social gathering of the century may very well be hosted right here with no downside.

The Keys Charmer, at MM 89, has a heron theme in its carved wood entryway within the entrance and in its yard sculptures, that are positioned subsequent to water fountains. And Our Morada, at MM86, is an unabashed showstopper. Unfold throughout three and a half heaps, it has a placing inexperienced with a sand entice in addition to a lounge space with a hearth pit and a capacious ocean view.

Lastly, Casa de Palma at Revellations II, at MM 87, is, as its identify suggests, palm loopy. Guests can stare upon 30 species of palms whereas strolling towards the tiki hut, which is sittin’ on the dock of the bay. And if an Otis Redding music simply got here to your thoughts, we don’t blame you. Which means you’ve caught the Keys Illness.

The Backyard Stroll offered by the Backyard Membership of the Higher Keys will happen on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $30 prematurely, $35 on the day of the occasion. Tickets can be found on-line at gardenclubupperkeys.org and on the Francis Tracy Backyard Heart, which is situated at 94040 Abroad Hwy, Tavernier. No pets. Refreshments, the Cousins Maine Lobster meals truck, an artwork present by the Artwork Guild of the Purple Isles, distributors and plant gross sales can even be offered on the backyard heart along with the stroll.  

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