While visiting The Ringling you are welcome to explore the Bayfront Gardens at your leisure. As awe-inspiring as any work of art, The Ringling Bayfront Gardens are a living treasure. Courting couples statuary watch over Mable’s Rose Garden. The shade the majestic Banyan trees provide. The delight inspired by the whimsy of the Dwarf Garden. The echoes from the past where the Circus King finally rests in the Secret Garden. Enjoy the cooling breezes that blow along the bayfront promenade and Millennium Tree Trail. This is a place of nature’s making and man’s design.
Guided Bayfront Gardens Tours
This walking tour will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. Whether you are new to Florida or a long time resident who wants to explore your own backyard, this is a great way to get acquainted with The Ringling history and learn about the local flora and fauna.
The tour is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, clothing, sunblock, and hats. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Tours are
Mable Ringlings' Rose Garden
With the help of many dedicated volunteers we cut back all of the roses every February and October. During the cutback process, an organic fertilizer (turkey manure) is applied and at times a strong odor may be detected. During the spring clean-out we also remove mulch, add compost, and re-mulch. Upon completion of the cut back there are very few blooms. A nice flush of new blooms is expected approximately six weeks after each cut back.