Exciting things are happening at Del Webb Bexley, the 55+ active adult residential community just off Sunlake Boulevard, in Land O’ Lakes.
Earlier this month, the residential community hosted a grand opening for its Community Garden which offers a total of 57 plots, each of which is assigned and looked after by a homeowner.
With the high demand of nearly 100 residents interested in a garden plot, it was decided a lottery would be the best way to assign the plots to homeowners fairly. The lottery system will continue each year, so every homeowner has the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful amenity.
Del Webb Bexley residents are spending their time adding a variety of plants and vegetables to their plots. Each plot has a small annual rental fee, which includes: soil, water and other planting supplies for one year.
Each plot is 4 feet by 12 feet and is a convenient height of 2 feet tall, so residents don’t have to bend over/get on their knees to garden. Each plot is conveniently irrigated with potable water independently and has its own digital controller.
Sixteen-foot by 28-foot shade structures with picnic tables, sinks, counters, and a water foundation were constructed, so residents can take a break, cool off and appreciate the garden’s serenity.
There’s also a storage shed on site for use, providing storage of various garden tools residents may need to perfect their plot, along with a mulch bin area with excess soil for replenishing needs.
Prior to the grand opening, Del Webb Bexley’s Lifestyle and HOA management had the first-ever Garden Club meeting where five resident volunteers were asked to become interim Garden Club leaders, who would assist management in creating the club and community garden guidelines.
“The interim leaders were critical in the success of creating the Garden Club,” says Melisa Sgro, Lifestyle Director for Del Webb Bexley.
The club wasted no time in bringing Chris Carriera, Community Gardens program coordinator/IFAS Pasco Extension to the garden. Carriera attended the Garden Club meeting, talked to the residents, and followed with a Q&A.
“The club plans on getting more expert speakers in the future, and of course, planning happy hours!” says Sgro.
About Del Webb Bexley
Just east of the Gulf Coast beaches and northwest of Tampa, Del Webb Bexley offers easy access to workplaces throughout Tampa Bay and an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options, including the Tampa Premium Outlets.
Del Webb Bexley has made it its mission to transform the idea of “living a fulfilled lifestyle” into an all-encompassing development.
“It’s truly the community here that makes it special; they are people who love life and are having fun living it. Sports, dinner parties, clubs, art, and now gardening, you name it,” says Brittany Young, marketing director.
One unique feature of Del Webb Bexley is its 19,000+ square-foot amenity campus, “The Meridian.” This all-encompassing social and activity hub is the center of operations that brings the entire community together every day.
It is here you can meet for a game of Mahjong, enjoy a snack or watch TV while playing a game of cards. There also are scheduled monthly in-person and virtual events, seminars, and programs.
Inside The Meridian, the Maritime Fitness Center features cardio machines, as well as free weights and weight machines. It sits across from the Floriblanca movement studio that houses all the fitness classes. Outside there are sports courts for tennis, bocce ball and pickleball. The resort pool sits conveniently around the corner with a spa and cabanas. The expansive yoga lawn is always available with coinciding classes for residents, and the entirety of the outdoor region is interconnected by a span of scenic bike and jogging trails.
For those looking to relax, the Bellamy Arts and Crafts Room offers a variety of classes for the pursuit of knowledge or hobbies. The Soleil Royal Ballroom hosts year-round events and houses demonstration kitchens for cooking clubs and classes. The amphitheater on the event lawn does the same for music performances. At the center of it lies the Crow’s Nest Bistro & Sports lounge with its selection of beer, wine, specialty meals, trivia nights, games, and Super Bowl parties.
The Del Webb Bexley sales office and model park, with six professionally decorated models, are open seven days a week for tours. For more information and to learn about current incentives, call 813-412-8842.
Published March 29, 2023