By Karen Tyrrell
Ponte Vedra Beach boasts a large number of women business owners and entrepreneurs – Jennifer Waldrop is one of them. As founder and owner of the thriving business VIE Plant & Garden Design, she is multi-talented with an amazing eye for landscaping and interior design, is an excellent tennis player when she has time to play, and a very busy mother of two high schoolers. You will often spot Jennifer driving through town in her Jeep from one site to another, standing on top of a huge truck of trees, plants and flowers directing a large crew what to do and how to do it according to her particular specifications, or towing golf carts out of deep mud like a pro (that’s another story). She is also a devout University of Georgia fan, an incredible hostess and cook, incredibly charitable, and a fun-loving concert goer in her down time.
I first met Jennifer on the tennis courts when our children were very young. We spent many a Friday night at the beach with our families enjoying appetizers and sunsets while the kids boogie boarded and built sandcastles. As our Ponte Vedran of the Week, I asked Jennifer a wide array of questions so we can get to know her a little better!
Where did you grow up? Columbus, Georgia
When did you move to PVB? 2006
Favorite concert of all time? I am a Kenny Chesney groupie!!
Favorite local restaurant? Marker 32
Favorite place for a quick weekend getaway? Charleston, SC
Favorite thing about Ponte Vedra Beach? What’s not to LOVE!! The community is a close-knit group and everyone takes care of one another…and our weather this time of year is great!!
What’s the best advice your parents gave you? To be able to take care of myself…and never depend on anyone else!
Favorite NFL team? The Jags of course!
Favorite movie? I love Christmas vacation! I have seen it 100 times and laugh every time!!
Favorite local charity? MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, he is a dear friend who has an unbelievable heart, drive and dedication to our under privileged youth.
Hot dog or hamburger? Tough one – I don’t eat a lot of either, but if at a stadium definitely a hot dog, otherwise it’s a good ole’ burger!
Mountains or beach? Living at the beach, I love to get away to the mountains!!
Maverick or Goose? Goose!
Favorite cocktail? I love a Grey Goose dirty martini with blue cheese olives…shaken of course!!