Seagrove Garden Club went on an adventure for its last meeting of the season.
After enjoying lunch at The Vue on 30A and installing new officers for the coming year, about 45 members of the club loaded up and carpooled to Draper Lake, five minutes east of their meeting venue.
Garden Club member Barbara Morano opened her home situated in the Draper Lake development for members to experience the feel of coastal dune lake living as opposed to beach living.
Members took a walking tour of the gated community, checking out the pools, the covered bridge over the bike path, two boat ramps, and walking trails that go along sandy paths amid lush fauna.
Low fencing and outdoor home accents of Tennessee River Rock are not something often seen in South Walton.
The landscape leans toward natural old Florida with little yard work.
One smaller park overlooks Draper Lake on the east side, and a larger park with a climbing tower on the west side.
There are also two pools.
The development rests on 28 acres on two peninsulas separated by a tributary.
Morano gave Garden Club members a bit of history about Draper Lake before going out.
"In 1930, an artist bought the land and wanted to make it an artist colony, but it never happened," Morano said. "Acadia Land Co. finally bought it and when lots were divided they gave Rosemary Beach first dibs. The lots sold in one week. When you buy a lot, there is no build-out time, so to date, there have only been about 12 homes built in the subdivision."
Morano said the subdivision is unique in that the developers adhered to what Walton County wanted to do, such as leave 100-foot buffers and there are no individual docks.
There are two boat houses on common property where neighbors can go out each evening and toast the sunset together, and common-use golf carts.
A drainage system was put in for runoff so the dune lakes aren't negatively affected.
All houses are constructed in the Craftsman style and properties are lined with Tennessee River Rock.
Seagrove Garden Club also took time to recognize mothers at their meeting last Wednesday, as well as its Flower Shuttle.
Every Saturday evening, Garden Club members pick up leftover flowers from wedding sites to recycle to shut-ins, those who have had surgery, are in the hospital, nursing home, or who have lost their job. Volunteers run the shuttle every Monday morning, making deliveries to their members.
The club's 145 members include lifetime and honorary members. Four passed away this year. One-third of the members live here part time.
The club has been in existence for 55 years.
The club's outgoing president is Sharon Jenkins and incoming is Suzanne Smart.