Thursday, January 2, 2014

Field Trip: The Mable Ringling Rose Garden in Sarasota, Florida

A couple of days before Christmas I went to see the new gallery offerings at the John and Mable Ringing Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida during a Monday when they have what they call 'legacy days' which are days in which the Art Museum is open to the public, free of admission. One of my stops on the grounds of the museum was Mable Ringling's spectacular rose garden. After 100 years the garden is still beautiful and fragrant. You can start wafting the scent of these gorgeous blooms from the moment you get to the row of statues guarding the entry lane into the colorful garden.

The garden was completed in 1913 and is located near the Mary Louise and Charles N. Thompson residence. There are over 317 varieties of roses in the garden, containing over 1,164 roses. Here are a few photos I snapped while there.

The statues that lead up to the garden are known as the courting couples and seem an interesting mixture of Venetian depictions. The Banyan trees make for a beautiful backdrop. The vibrant colors and sweet smelling fragrance of the roses is enough to make anyone melt and want to spend each day there. No wonder this garden was so important to Mable. Any of our readers ever been here? I'm curious to know how many of you have ever visited this place in Sarasota before.

Photos taken by: Nadia Marie Perez
Date: December 23rd, 2013
Equipment: Nikon D3100
Edited using Picmonkey

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