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Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To register, please call 772-794-0601. All classes are payable by cash or check only, please.





Description: Take in the serenity of McKee as you stretch, strengthen and tone in the Richardson Education Building. Yoga is great for all ages and body types and can be helpful in restoring flexibility and balance to seniors. Learn to ease into postures using breathing techniques, direct the body into proper alignment and increase focus and mental clarity. Please bring a towel, yoga mat, and bottled water.


Date/Time:   Series of six classes, meets Tuesdays

     9:30 - 10:30 am


October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 11 and 18 (no class Nov. 4)



Cost:      $66 members, $78 non-members series

     ($12 members, $14 non-members per class)


Instructor:   Alicia Bello


About the Instructor: Alicia Bello is ayoga instructor, Reiki master and teacher, meditation guide, and spiritual counselor. Alicia has traveled around the country and has had the pleasure of experiencing yoga as a student from teachers of various traditions. She has attended numerous workshops and gatherings with a focus on natural and holistic healing including Reiki, meditation, vibrational healing, chakra analysis and therapy, mantra and much more. She has taught publicly as well as for private clients.




Fall Kidtivities with Miss Julie


Description: Enjoy sharing special moments with yourtoddler or preschooler in this music and movement-style class. Sessions include marching, dancing, singing and lap-sit activities incorporating the book “Five Little Pumpkins" by Dan Yaccarino. For children ages 4 and under.


Instructor: Julie Dossantos


   Date: Series of 4 classes, meets weekly on Wednesdays

October 8, 15, 22 & 29


Time: 10:00 am


Cost: $36 McKee members/ $40 non-members

or $9 member/$10 non-member per class         


About the Instructor: Miss Julie Dossantos has been an early childhood educator for over 18 years, beginning as a Pre-K teacher and later freelancing as a music & movement teacher. Julie has authored two children’s non-fiction books and enjoys storytelling at the Vero Beach Book Center.






Artisan Breads: Taste the Difference


Description:   Join us for a live radio broadcast by Chef Michael Glatz of Vero Beach FiveStar Radio as he interviews fellow foodie Chef Mark Edmonds of PatisserieVero Beach about artisan breads. Learn what defines a true artisan bread, the health benefits, and how to avoid wasting "dough" on impostors.  Following the interview, participants will partake in a sampling of “Bread Wars: True artisan breads vs. mass-produced frauds.” There will be tastings, an interactive discussion, and techniques to share.

 Date/Time:   October 19

     2:00 - 3:30 pm


Cost:     $30 members, $35 non-members


Instructors:   Chefs Mark Edmonds & Michael Glatz

     Patisserie Vero Beach

About the instructors: Chefs Mark Edmonds and Michael Glatz are part of the culinary talent behind the Patisserie located in DowntownVero Beach. This French-inspired bakery has become a coveted destination for Old World-inspired breads, decadent pastries, and handmade sweets and savories all created with the finest ingredients and baked on-site. Both Edmonds and Glatz are accomplished chefs whose resumes include executive positions in restaurants and bakeries in New York, Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania.




Fresh, Local Cooking

Description:   Experience a lesson in farm-to-table cooking. Sample some of the freshest tastes of the season and learn the benefits of cooking with locally sourced ingredients. Chef Bireley will also touch on gluten-free options as he demonstrates how to prepare a marinated grilled shrimp brochette, roast chicken with fall veggies, two seasonal salads and berries with freshly whipped cream. A tasting will follow.

 Date/Time:   October 26

     1:00 - 2:30 pm


Cost:     $40 members, $45 non-members


Instructor:   Chef Chris Bireley

     Osceola Bistro


About the instructor: Vero Beach native Chris Bireley has been honing his craft as a chef for over 20 years. Bireley is the proprietor and executive chef at Osceola Bistro in Vero where he uses fresh, locally grown ingredients to create inspired dishes reflective of his culinary travels. He is a graduate of the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, and has held positions in restaurants all over the world, from Napa Valley to northern Italy.




Make a Beaded Necklace and Earrings


Description:   Learn techniques to make your own wearable work of art! In this age-friendly workshop, participants will learn how to create a necklace and matching pair of earrings utilizing black and marble agate stones, pewter accent beads and memory wire. Jewelry creations will be theirs to take home afterwards. Beginners are welcome!


Date/Time:   November 2

     1:00 - 2:30 pm


Cost:      $30 members, $35 non-members (includes all materials)

Instructors:   Cathy Cooper and Barbara Hanna, Key Lime Dezigns


About the Instructors: Cathy Cooper and partner Barbara Hanna are the creative duo behind Key Lime Dezigns. They create custom beaded jewelry and accessories that are sold at art fairs and events throughout the community. Both share a passion for creating elegant yet affordable jewelry, and enjoy sharing their talents with others.


Make a Pine Needle Basket


Description:   Repurpose natural materials to create a beautiful basket! Originated centuries ago by Native Americans, pine needle basketry is a fun way to create practical, useable works of art. In this workshop, participants will learn how needles are gathered, cleaned and prepared followed by a hands-on lesson in coiling and weaving the pine needles with raffia to create a basket of their own. Each participant will begin a basket in class that they will take home afterwards. Bring a scissors; all other materials provided.


Date/Time:   November 8

     10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Cost:      $30 members, $35 non-members

Instructor:   Linda Sue Adams


About the Instructor: Linda Sue Adams learned to create pine needle baskets after reviewing tutorials on making baskets with palm fronds and deciding to try pine needles instead. In addition to basketry, she enjoys doing 3-dimensional embroidery and Brazilian embroidery. Linda sells her baskets through her business, Taunte' Nequei's Pineneedle Creations.



Natural Holiday Decorations


Description:   Add a festive flair to your home this season with natural holiday decorations that you’ve created. Learn how to repurpose palm fronds, lotus pods, pinecones and other natural materials into environmentally-friendly holiday décor. This class is always a sell out, so register early! Bring a hot glue gun, glue refills and scissors; all other materials provided.


Date/Time:   December 6

     10:30 am - Noon


Cost:      $25 members, $30 non-members

Instructor:   Edna Carsner


About the Instructor:Edna Carsner is a former member of McKee Botanical Garden’s horticulture staff. She is a certified Master Gardener and member of the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society. For years she helped care for the Garden’s extensive collection of waterlilies, and has conducted repotting demonstrations during McKee's annual Waterlily Celebration.




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Are you interested in booking a tour of McKee Botanical Garden? If so, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ro vanDright at 772-794-0601 ext. 113 or by email volunteer@mckeegarden.org.

Remember, your tour is not confirmed until you have spoken with our Volunteer Coordinator.


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