Now is the best time to see one of the gems of The Ringling’s campus: Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden.
At 101, it is the oldest continuously operating rose garden in the state of Florida. Mable cherished roses. She completed the 27,225 sq. ft. Ringling Rose Garden in 1913 before any development took place on the 66-acre Ringling estate. The design was patterned after a wagon wheel motif, which is a traditional Italian garden design, and it continues to exist that way.
The garden was restored in 1991. None of the original rose bushes planted by Mable survived, but many of the varieties planted are the same that Mable had planted. Today the garden consists of roses introduced between 1867 and 2013. There are Tree Roses, Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras, miniature roses, shrubs, and Old Garden Roses.
Watch the video to learn more about the garden and make plans to see the best bloom of the year.