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Transition and Trust

Toby Hill passes the reins to his son Chris, in the first story of our series about the next generation of local family-run businesses.
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Winged Wonders

ELC Junior Interpreter welcomes readers into an inspiring butterfly garden.
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Storied Walls

Explore Immokolee, a beautiful local home where history cascades from one room to the next.
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A Remodeled Retreat

Everyone has their own "How I Came to Vero Beach" story. For the Gillmores, it includes two generations, several countries and a partnership with local firms who understood the family's vision and transformed a John's Island home into a light-filled waterfront retreat.
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There’s No Place Like Home

When Dr. Felice Haake temporarily exchanged her hospital scrubs and stethoscope for a sketchbook and idea board, beautiful things happened — she and her husband designed the Vero Beach residence of their dreams.
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Tiny but Tough

Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds on the planet, but they are robust and intrepid travelers. Keep an eye out, Vero Beach, as these diminutive endurance athletes may pay a visit to your yard during their next expedition.
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The Trust Factor

When Melissa and David Bowser decided to renovate the John's Island condo that had belonged to Melissa's parents, they handed over the keys to a team of carefully chosen professionals, crossed their fingers and waved goodbye. It really came down to the trust factor.

Winnie’s Magic Garden

Gardens have long been part of Winnie Mortenson’s life.

Accessible Excellence

Along with added sunshine, Jill and Peter Weise’s move to Vero Beach came with the construction of a family home perfectly suited to their needs.

The State of Real Estate

Florida’s real estate market is robust, radiating good health in two important areas, according to the Florida Realtors Association.
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Ancient Traditions, Living Artwork

These miniature trees are living works of art that may be handed down from generation to generation, carefully tended through centuries of history.
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Mint Condition

Lakela’s mint is a severely endangered aromatic shrub whose only known habitat is a strip of land about 3 miles long and less than half a mile wide in northern St. Lucie and southern Indian River counties.

Flower Power

Barbara Kaytes, a highly respected and talented floral designer from the New York metropolitan area, moved to Windsor in 2016

By Any Other Name

Country care roses provides a garden of knowledge on rose care and history.

It Takes a Village

Jay McLaughlin knows something about celebrity. The last time he was featured in a Vero Beach Magazine article in March 2010, we called him a “fashion king.” At the time, the New York-based fashion designer and high-end retail mogul was the “new” news in town thanks to his purchase and renovation of a Vero Beach home and the opening of J. McLaughlin, a women’s clothing store on Ocean Drive.

Florida’s Villains Of Vegetation

Florida is home to more than 150 species of invasive, non-native plants that inhabit nearly 15 percent of the state’s public conservation lands and waterways, crowding out the native habitats that wildlife depend upon for food and shelter.

Your Summer Garden

The month of May in Vero Beach might well be considered the beginning of summer, especially from the gardener’s perspective.


A good gardener revels in the beauty of flowers but, at the same time, is well aware that that beauty is fleeting.

Return To Eden

This is the story of the garden that refused to die.

Trees & Traditions

Jill Mattek takes Christmas seriously, so seriously she starts making merry with ornaments and greenery the day after Halloween and doesn’t stop until well into February.




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