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Ringling in Bloom, 2013
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Ringling in Bloom, 2013

Ringling in Bloom, the Museum’s four day event devoted to fine art and flowers, is dedicated to the memory of Mable Ringling. Her passion for gardening and horticulture shaped this estate and enhanced the community of Sarasota, her adopted home. In addition to her love of beauty expressed through the Ca d’Zan, the grounds of the estate, and the Museum of Art, Mable reached out and touched the lives of many in a variety of other ways. She opened the estate to the community, giving card and garden socials for the women in the area and generously created milk and cookie parties for local children. She took an active role in the social life of Sarasota, supporting the Whitfield Country Club and Sarasota Woman’s Club. Her participation in the Founders Circle of the Sarasota Garden Club provided a means to extend her interest in beautifying the landscape to the wider community she lived in. Involved in many charities, she also served as vice-president of many of her husband’s companies and regularly entertained celebrities, businessmen, and politicians in the Ringling’s bayside home, Ca d’Zan. Though Ringling in Bloom focuses on Mable’s delight in growing things, she has left us a larger legacy that has helped transform our community into a world-renowned center for the arts and celebrated for its natural beauty. The third annual ‘Ringling in Bloom’ springs to life Feb. 28 with a Designers Preview and runs through March 3, 2013 at Sarasota’s The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. This year’s ‘Ringling in Bloom’ continues to blossom with more floral arrangements than ever before inspired by the Museum’s collection. Thirty floral designers from a wide variety of garden clubs as close as Sarasota and as far away as Michigan and Wisconsin are expected to participate. The four-day celebration combines fine art and flowers. It includes lectures, demonstrations and workshops by Parties to Die For, Atlanta’s premier event planners and floral designers, as well as tours of the Museum’s grounds and gardens. For the first time, patrons can cast a ballot for their favorite arrangement. The winner will be announced on www.ringling.org Monday, March 4. “Floral designers see works of art through a different lens – their interpretation can make us see familiar works in new ways and attract us to other works we may not have noted before,” said Steven High, executive director of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. “This floral festival at the Ringling Museum really brings people together. Many wonderful conversations between family members and friends ensue from walking the galleries and seeing the Ringling collection and its interpretation through floral art. It is fitting that 2013 is the 100-year anniversary of the creation of Mable’s Rose Garden. ‘Ringling in Bloom’ celebrates Mable’s love of art, flora and fauna.”