A Rosy Outlook: Sarasota in Bloom

Mable Ringling's Rose Garden- Photo by Carol Marie Hanlon

Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden- Photo by Carol Marie Hanlon

Sometimes we really need to take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us, and this April provides the perfect opportunity to quite literally ‘Stop and smell the roses.’ 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, completed in 1913, and featuring a stunning display of over 1,164 roses in 317 varieties. The garden usually blooms every year around the date of Mable’s birthday, March 14th, but with the spell of colder weather it hasn’t quite happened yet. Lucky for us, this means we still have time to see the thousands of buds burst into bloom, a dazzling display for Sarasota residents and tourists alike. The garden is expected to be in full bloom in the next week or so, and can be enjoyed at the Ringling’s palatial mansion, Ca’d’Zan. With the wonder of nature in mind, we are featuring luxury real estate listings with gorgeous grounds, perfect for budding gardeners!

Bay Shore Rd Homes for Sale

3315 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL

A hidden waterfront gem, located close to downtown Sarasota yet a world away. The 11,000+ square-foot residence is set amongst a lush tropical oasis, with exotic tree species creating an emerald escape on Sarasota Bay.. This home may have sold, view current Sarasota Bay Shore Rd homes for sale.

Little Bokeelia

Little Bokeelia Island, Bokeelia, FL

A private island paradise off Florida’s sunset coast, Little Bokeelia Island is over 100 acres of romantic splendor offering majestic tropical living. Truly magical gardens sprawl across every acre of this one-of-a-kind sanctuary. Little Bokeelia Island sold in 2015.

Sanderling Rd 7858 Sanderling Road, Sarasota, FL Gracefully poised along the shimmering Gulf of Mexico waters bordering Siesta Key, this masterfully designed retreat invokes distinctive Asian-inspired aesthetics to achieve a unique harmony with nature. A lush Japanese garden delicately frames the property, creating an unparalleled tranquility. Riverside Drive This Riverside Dr home in Fort Myers, FL has Sold. A tropical retreat awaits through the gates of this remarkable peninsula property. Magnificent royal palms usher you through a meandering path flanked by a botanical showcase of exotic foliage, beautifully arranged for the ultimate in privacy. Celebrated American author Henry David Thoreau once said “It’s not what you look at, but what you see.” If you feel inspired to really take in your surroundings, be sure to visit Ringling’s Ca’d’Zan mansion and marvel at the elegant rose garden. For those keen to learn more about the garden’s history and maintenance, Selby Public Library is hosting a discussion with Ron Mccarty, keeper of the grounds, on April 4. Also in April, Sarasota Magazine presents “Glamour in the Garden”, an event benefitting Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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