2 folders+ 1 photographic print; 13 digital images
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Florida, Sarasota, Longboat Key
Sands Point Condominium (Longboat Key, Florida)
circa 1968, 2015
Designed and built as a rental property on a barrier island in the mid-1960s, then converted to condominiums in 1976, the three-story horseshoe-shaped buildings had minimalist landscaping, just palm trees and St. Augustine grass. Later, one of the condominium owners with a long association with the Garden Club of America developed landscaping designs that were approved by the board of directors of the condominium association. The property is located between the Gulf of Mexico and a lagoon with differing exposures to wind, sunlight, salt spray and hurricanes within its 7.5 acres. The plant selections are tropical with low maintenance requirements and low water usage.
A deep sea-grape hedge next to the beach helps control flooding from storm surges and is heavily pruned twice each year to keep it from blocking views of the sea. Color was added to the original landscape as gardenias, hibiscus, oleander, geraniums, begonias, croton, birds of paradise and flowering trees including magnolias were planted. Individual owners of ground level condominiums have added patios with foundation plantings and the central carport has been spruced up with plantings between the pods. Beds under the palm trees at the entrance to the condominium, outside the office and recreation building, outside the maintenance building and marina along the lagoon, and along the walkways that lead to the swimming pool and the Gulf have added color with tropical ground covers and shrubs.
Persons associated with the garden include Arvida Corporation (land owners, 1965); Carl A. Vollmer and Earl J. Draeger (architects, 1966); Barbara Hansen (garden designer, 1980- ).
The file includes worksheets, copy of article, and other documentation.
Garden has been featured in "Revealing Longboat's 'Best-Kept Secret'" by Chris Angermann, Herald Tribune (Sarasota), March 23, 2013, pp. 18E, 20E