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McKee Botanical Garden Recognized As One Of The Ten Most Romantic Places in Florida by Coastal Living

McKee Botanical Garden was recently recognized by Coastal Living as one of the “Ten Most Romantic Places in Florida” and featured as a “soothing sanctuary and magical garden”.  For those who have already visited the Garden, this will come as no surprise. However, if you have not been to McKee, you are missing out on a true Treasure Coast gem. Thousands of visitors come to the Garden each year to learn about McKee’s rich history and enjoy the natural landscape of majestic palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams, and historic structures. The Garden is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of national significance.

McKee Botanical Garden, located on an 18-acre tropical hammock in Vero Beach, Florida, is where native plants and exotic botanicals combine with Old Florida charm.  The Garden features over 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as one of the largest waterlily collections in the state of Florida.

To read the article in Coastal Living visit  McKee has previously garnered national attention in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, House and Garden, Southern Living and The New York Times, and was named one of “22 Secret Gardens – Soothing Places of Surprise and Sanctuary in the U.S. and Canada” by National Geographic Traveler and was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Gardens That Florida Has To Offer” by  In 2016,  McKee was awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor as well as Treasure Coast Newspapers/’s People’s Choice Award for “Best Local Attraction” and “Best Local Tours”. 

In addition to the Garden’s horticultural beauty, McKee Botanical Garden is a valued resource for cultural enrichment, hosting a variety of programs each season including world-class art exhibits, educational courses for adults and children, and special events. 

Don’t miss the 14th Annual Waterlily Celebration on Saturday, June 16, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm featuring McKee’s vast waterlily collection comprised of 80 varieties and over 300 potted and 100 free-range plants. The gates will open early at 8:30 amfor you to enjoy an early-morning stroll through the Garden to catch a glimpse of some of the night-blooming varieties before they retreat.  This event also features repotting demonstrations, plant sales, plein air artists creating original works of art, and the Annual Waterlily Photo Contest on display. Guests will also have an opportunity to speak with our plant experts during this event. Summer admission rates apply.

$10 Adults, $9 Seniors, and $5 Children ages 3-12.  McKee members and children under 3 are free.  For more information about this event and McKee, visit or call 772-794-0601.

McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.  McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach.

100% Irma-fied The Vero Beach Marketing Summit

Vero Beach, Florida – October 13th – Vero Beach Marketing, the premier mobile, web development and marketing company in Florida’s Treasure Coast, located in lovely Vero Beach, Indian River County, is holding the first ever local two-day marketing summit on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

The event was previously scheduled for early September and was postponed due to the massive storm.

Learn how to creatively expand your audience with captivating messaging to accelerate your business through digital marketing.

The Summit will be an interactive session with seven prominent speakers whose expertise ranges from creating your business plan, business coaching, branding, social media platforms, monetization strategies, website design, messaging development, podcasting, video production and photography.

Four social medial platforms you need to promote your business will be discussed in detail: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google and don’t forget Google Analytics (a Google service that tracks and reports website traffic).

You will come away from the Summit with a keen awareness of what type of marketing your business really needs to spread awareness; thus generating leads and sales. Most important of all is how to track it. The day one session is designed to build your digital media marketing plan. Day two will give you the information and tools to execute that plan.

The Summit will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown Vero Beach, 611 20th Street, 32960. Saturday’s session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday’s session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Breakfast will be provided by Baci Trattoria and Wild Thyme catering and lunch will be provided by the Barefoot Cafe and The Patio Seafood Tavern. To wrap up each day there will be two business networking happy hours with wine and beer provided by Walking Tree Brewery.

Bring 50+ business cards and your laptop or tablet. Seating is limited. Registration is only $397 for full two day summit. Single day tickets are $227 and individual tracks are $25 and $50 each for customized tickets.

To register please access this link:

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Contact: Thomas Hardy

Vero Beach Marketing provides focused and targeted marketing efforts, which will produce measurable, positive results while being cost-effective and most efficient in spending. Companies can train their teams on a variety of digital media platforms and strategies through the Vero Beach Marketing class scheduled offerings or custom private sessions. In order to customize the marketing funnels to your exact needs, Vero Beach Marketing also offers mobile responsive web development for a full website offering or custom landing page design, programming and development.

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of New Store in Vero Beach!

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine

November 30th, 2016

One of the most highly anticipated new business openings in Vero Beach as of late has been the new Wawa station being built on US Hwy 1.  While Wawa does sell gasoline, most people say they are a restaurant and convenience store first, and a gas station second.  I’ve heard the rumors about the food being really good, but honestly how good can gas station food be anyway?  Everything that I did get to taste today was fantastic!  I was really surprised by all of the variety and options you have to choose from.  They have breakfast options that are available all day, soups, salads & wraps, hoagies & sandwiches, freshly made snacks, and quick grab and go options as well.  I hope to be going back very soon to do a complete food review, so stay tuned for that in the upcoming weeks!

To place an order for a food item, there are kiosks throughout the store.  You tap the screen to get started, select your options, place your order and get a ticket with an order number.  You then take that ticket to the register and pay for it.  I was told that they hope to have your order ready in only 5 minutes, so from the time of placing it and paying for it, you should only have to wait a short time for it.  I plan to test this out on one of my next visits to see if they can actually get them done in this short of  time.

Grand Opening Festivities

The store officially opens to the public tomorrow, December 1st at 8:00am.  Their Grand Opening festivities start at 10:00am.  There will be a parade of Wawa’s milestones, local representatives, members of the police & fire departments, and Wawa management and conclude with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The Grand Opening event will conclude with Hoagies for Heroes, a hoagie building competition between local police and fire departments, who will face off in a battle of bravery, skill, and sandwich-making expertise.  The winning team will win $1,000 to be donated to their local charity of choice.

Below is a photo gallery of my visit today!


About Wawa, Inc. Wawa, Inc:

A privately held company began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is the all-day, everyday stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 Wawa was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Large Employers”, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 730 convenience retail stores (almost 500 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order specialty beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides, and snacks.

The Vero Beach store is the 101st store in the Wawa family, and the 29th one to open in 2016.

Address:  1180 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Phone Number:  772-323-8736