Entrance to Tamarac Lakes Senior Living Community
5200 Block Commercial Ave SW Corner, Tamarac, FL 33321
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.
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.