Everything's Coming Up Roses In Sarasota May 13th
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If you don’t know your Duchesse de Brabant from your Dames de Chenonceau, you’re in luck! The Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society, along with Sarasota County’s Parks & Recreation Department, will sponsor a Festival of Roses on Saturday, May 13. It’s a delightful opportunity to learn about the world of roses and rose cultivation. Veteran rose growers, beginners, and anyone who loves natural beauty will want to take advantage of this fun and educational event.
The location for this year’s Festival of Roses is the Edson Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. That’s at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and U.S. Highway 41, just north of Clark Road. The Festival of Roses kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude by 4:00 p.m. The Festival will include a tour of Phillippi Estate Park’s Rose Garden, a display of rose arrangements by Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society members, and classes on rose selection, cultivation, and care. The classes will address topics including rose growing in Florida, selection of roses, and long-term rose care. Cut roses, arrangements, and rosebushes will be available for sale.
An affiliate of the American Rose Society, the Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society is dedicated to the care and cultivation of roses and to educating the Sarasota community about roses and “Rosarian” culture. The Society publishes a bulletin 10 times a year; its website also provides extensive information about scores of rose varieties as well as topics including watering and irrigation, soil and drainage, insecticides, planting and pruning, and tips for shows and exhibits. By agreement with a number of Sarasota nurseries and growers, Society members are eligible for discounts on roses and rose-growing supplies. An individual membership is only $20.00 a year. Meetings featuring programs and guest speakers are held monthly except in July and August.
This year’s Festival of Roses is free to the public; everyone is invited. While enjoying the Festival, you might want to take in the Edson Keith Mansion and the other delights of Phillippi Estate Park. Edson and Nettie Keener Keith purchased a 60-acre tract in 1916 at what is now Phillippi Estate Park, and Keith built his Italian Renaissance mansion there. Sarasota County acquired the property in the late 1980s, added a number of amenities, and initiated the restoration of the mansion. After the Festival of Roses, you can also enjoy a late afternoon stroll at Phillippi Park on the shores of Sarasota Bay. A “rosy” time is guaranteed for all.