After more than a decade of planning, the new privately run Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens has opened in Punta Gorda, Fla. The waterfront gardens, which will continue to grow over the years, features botanical collections and contemporary art. Phase I opened in late October with 11 sculptures placed throughout the grounds, including two works by Boston sculptor Jacob Kulin.
Punta Gorda residents Roger and Linda Tetrault, working through their nonprofit family foundation, started developing their property along the Peace River in 2006, providing one of the largest endowments for public botanical gardens in the state.
Eventually, the gardens will cover 27 acres, of which 17 will be developed and 10 will remain as waterways, marshland, and heritage mangroves. This includes the Tetrault home and 4-acre property. Currently, 11 acres have been developed and as well as the Garden Community Center, with a café and rotating visiting exhibits.
Already planted are more than 3,500 botanicals, highlighting caladium, succulents, hibiscus, and more. Visitors can also stroll the Mangrove Marsh Boardwalk and view all three of Florida’s mangrove trees — red, black, and white.
Eleven sculptures by internationally known artists include the 21,000-pound “Steel Palm” by Kulin; “Ostriches” — two 20-foot-tall human forms by Chinese sculptor Yu Zhaoyang; and “Keel,” a lava stone structure by Turkish artist Kemal Tufan. In January, two pieces will be installed by Carole Feuerman, a pioneer in the world of hyperrealist sculpture.
On display through March is the visiting botanical photo exhibit by Michigan artist and photographer Laurie Tennent. Her outdoor collection is created from specimens found in the Peace River gardens. Five of her permanent works on aluminum were purchased for the garden.
Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens 5800 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda, www.peacerivergardens.org. 941-621-8299. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students through high school, and free for children under 6.
When half of benefits are spent on shelf-stable ingredients, the results don’t look much like dinner.Continue reading »
Please learn from my example.Continue reading »
Skaters at this weekend’s US Figure Skating Championships will take the ice in costumes inspired by red carpet couture.Continue reading »
I assumed it would go away after Nov. 8. He’s gloated since the win; I told him it made me feel physically ill.Continue reading »
Salt Lake City has turned into a gay Mecca and is on its way to achieving hipster status. This isn’t a joke.Continue reading »
They suffer from feelings of hopelessness, depression, and other psychiatric disorders two to three times more than the general population.Continue reading »
In the 14-mile valley better known for its skiing, summer trails lead to to alpine lakes, summits, ice caves, and the region’s vast glaciers.Continue reading »
Bermuda has seen double-digit growth in the number of visitors under the age of 45 seeking a Zika-free island getaway.Continue reading »
Close, supportive relationships are important to physical health in adolescence and old age, according to research.Continue reading »