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For many who spend many lazy summer days at the beach, sea grapes have been ingrained in their mind to the point they are virtually ignored. Gasparilla Island is chock-full of the native plants, which are a vital part of our natural ecosystem. Fans of Lilly Pulitzer clothing may have noticed a new pattern in the collection released on November 1 nationwide. It showcases the vibrant colors of classic Lilly, as well as the leaves of one of the island's most prolific plants. Kris Boyden, the manager at the Palm on Park Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store on the island, was the inspiration b e h i n d the new design. For years she has been making sea grape jelly from Gasparilla Island's bounty and selling them to raise money for cancer research. She goes to the east coast every year for Lilly seminars and shows and is allowed to take scraps of leftover material to line her jelly jar lids. 30 GASPARILLA ISLAND January/February 2017 By Marcy Shortuse, Photos by Dusty Hopkins When she found out last May the company had created a print with her in mind, she was overwhelmed. After 24 years of working for the company, the people of the island aren't the only ones who have come to love her dearly. Kris is the impetus behind “Jam Out,” a pattern which is rapidly becoming popular in the Lilly world. “When we went in May to the meetings to order new items, I didn't know a thing about it,” she said. “They knew my very favorite piece from the collection is the Elsa blouse, so they created one in the new pattern. They also made three dress styles – the Rene, the Lilla and the Alanna – in the print. To top it off there's also a romper, a pair of shorts and a


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