Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

I used to live in Sarasota and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to wander.  Named for Marie Selby who lived on the property with her husband, William, for over 50 years.  She loved nature and when she passed in 1971, she left her home and gardens to the community "for the enjoyment of the general public." 

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Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

I learned how to drive in a Model A Ford.  Back in 1986, my dad was slowly restoring a Model A and it was a just a chassis and engine.  I sat on a couple of tires to work the clutch and steer. Across the street from my childhood home at 117 Hattaway Drive, was an unused golf-course and orange groves that stretched all the way down to Lake Orienta. 

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Gallery: James Hutchinson

Gallery: James Hutchinson

EPISODE 2: James Hutchinson’s Florida art was inspired from his time living with the Seminole Indian tribes on the Brighton reservation in Florida where James and his wife, Joanie, lived with the Seminole people for six years. His art has become known worldwide for their portrayal of Florida and its Heritage.

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Five Hours in St. Augustine, Florida

Five Hours in St. Augustine, Florida

First stop of the morning was the the Hotel Ponce de Leon.  We took the tour of this mansion.  Given by Flagler students, every dollar of the tour fee goes back to student tuition and scholarships.  Our tour guide, Blake, knew every spot to point out, every door to approach, and shared secrets even we can't share here.  So much drama in this beautifully designed space. 

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Gallery: Hyatt & Cici Brown Museum of Art

Gallery: Hyatt & Cici Brown Museum of Art

EPISODE 1: Hyatt and Cici Brown collected over 23 hundred pieces of Florida artwork. And what do you do with such as massive collection of art? For the Browns, there was only one answer…by sharing their collection by creating the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art in Daytona, Florida.

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Tiny Tourist: Bok Tower Gardens

Tiny Tourist: Bok Tower Gardens

The minute the sweltering summer heat started to let up, I began planning outdoor adventures for our family.  The fact is, Bok Tower Gardens has been on my list for years.  It always seemed too far and I wasn’t quite sure what was out there.  Rest assured, it’s worth the drive.  

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