Joyce’s home named Cedar Key’s Garden of the Month

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 Submitted by Bob Hudson


Special to the Beacon

The June Garden of the Month for the Cedar Key Garden Club is the lovely home of Carol and Don Joyce, located at 11330 Highway 24, Cedar Key.

Their gardens are a labor of love for Carol and Don and reflect the many hours of TLC they put into them. Their yard is accented by numerous graceful coastal oaks, palmettos, sago palms, cabbage palms, cedar trees and a beautiful marsh view looking out over the Number 4 Channel.

Their hanging baskets on the lower level and around the second level porch are too numerous to count and vividly display geraniums, impatiens and a host of colorful plants. They have made great use of decorative planters throughout the area. Some, but not all, of the plants observed during a tour included caladiums, miniature roses, passion vines, lilies, periwinkles, large aloe plants, purple queen, mums, mixed hydrangeas and ferns, night blooming jasmine and gardenias.

They also have large fruit trees including grapefruit, orange, tangelo, key lime and peach. There is even a pomegranate plant with a small pomegranate fruit developing. Their yard and gardens are a beautiful and peaceful piece of Cedar Key and old Florida, and are a welcoming view as one crosses the Number 4 bridge into Cedar Key.