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Garden 443 Rose Wilson

Posted By David Marte, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Entrance to Tamarac Lakes Senior Living Community
5200 Block Commercial Ave SW Corner, Tamarac, FL 33321

      This garden of Blanket Flowers is dedicated to Rose Wilson, a very forward-looking and advanced woman for her time. A community leader, Wilson, along with her husband Cornelius Van Santvoord, were the founders of Sarasota's first newspaper, The Sarasota Times. After the death of her husband in 1910, she continued to run the newspaper as its only editor until 1923. She was a strong advocate for women's rights, particularly the right to vote so that women could be able to intelligently influence the evolution of their nation and their home, even going so far as to be the first woman to be registered to vote in Sarasota and registering under her full name Rose Phillips Wilson rather than under Mrs. C.V.S. Wilson. She was also a strong advocate for compulsory education, believing widespread education to be a right and a necessity for the betterment of the community.

       The garden was planted at the entrance to this elderly community in order to help bring some color and plant-life to the barren pathway leading into and around the homes. Considering how green much of the community is once you enter and how many of the residents enjoy gardening as a past-time, it seemed proper to decorate the entrance to their community just to make it a little more aesthetically appealing. Hopefully the garden flourishes and encourages the members of the community to take pride in their area of living, just as Wilson did in Sarasota, and plant more native plants for the betterment of the community.

Portrait photo courtesy of Sarasota County History Center.

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