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Jeannie Erickson loves to garden

Jeannie Erickson is a member of the Spring Hill Garden Club board and is the garden manager of the club’s Nature Coast Botanical Gardens on Parker Avenue in Spring Hill.

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Jeannie Erickson is a member of the Spring Hill Garden Club board and is the garden manager of the club’s Nature Coast Botanical Gardens on Parker Avenue in Spring Hill.

How long have you lived in Hernando County, and where do you live? Where did you live previously?

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I was born and raised in Manitowoc, Wis., married in 1958 and lived for 14 years in Watertown, Wis., before moving to the St. Paul, Minn., area in 1972. In 1978, we moved to a small town near Louisville, Ky. We have been in Spring Hill (Seven Hills) for 15 years now.

Who are the members of your family?

My husband, Jim, and I just celebrated our 50th anniversary. We have three daughters: Merry, Kathie and Tracey. We have six grandchildren.

Tell us about your career.

I have been a stay-at-home homemaker for all my married years except for a time while living in the St. Paul area, when I was a Realtor.

What kinds of activities are you involved in now?

I am very involved in the Spring Hill Garden Club and the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. I have been a member of the garden club for 13 years and currently am a member of the board of directors. For about 10 years, I was manager of the landscaping committee at the waterfall entrance to Spring Hill at the intersection of Commercial Way.

Currently, I am the garden manager of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, which is part of the Spring Hill Garden Club.

The botanical gardens, on Parker Avenue in Spring Hill, consist of about 17 different theme gardens, and are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The gardens are maintained by hardworking volunteers, with the funds coming from donations. Our two daughters and my husband work with me three mornings a week at the gardens.

Special events and fundraisers are often held at the gardens. On Nov. 8, we will hold a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Dec. 6, Holiday in the Gardens begins at 9 a.m.

Businesses and organizations can buy and decorate a tree for the Christmas season. We sell bricks that are placed in the memorial garden.

During the past year, we have been honored to have six weddings performed in the gardens. For information on services or events, call (352) 683-9933. More information and notices of events can be viewed at www.nature coastbotanicalgardens.com.

The Spring Hill Garden Club has a nursery adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. We sell plants at a reasonable price that grow in central Florida. The hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Saturdays. We also have two special plant sales each year in April and October. The next sale will be Oct. 3-4.

This year, we also plan to hold a yard sale to raise funds for maintaining the gardens, in connection with the plant sale. The yard sale will be Oct. 4.

Do you have any special hobbies?

After spending most of my free time at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, I don't have much time for other hobbies, although I love to read and do some gardening in our yard.

What are your favorite things to do in Hernando County?

Now that most of the big retail stores have come to Hernando County, I no longer have to leave the county to shop. Also, more restaurants have been built in the county, so there are many more choices for us to enjoy dining out.

What do you think would make Hernando County a better place to live?

Some parts of the school system need improvement. A little more control over county development, now that we have grown, would seem to be a good thing.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.

It's no secret that I love to garden. There really isn't anything else that folks who know me don't know.

Hernando Neighbors is an occasional feature of the Hernando Times. Do you know someone who would make a good profile? We'd like to hear from you. Contact Jean Hayes, community news coordinator, at jhayes@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1438.

Jeannie Erickson loves to garden 09/07/08 [Last modified: Sunday, September 7, 2008 7:33pm]
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