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RE: excited

that's a good idea, theresa. know, however, that the re-vamp of the botanical garden is likely to be a 20-year project.

when i described the size of the project earlier, i was so excited i was less than precise. the current botanic garden occupies one long block on a dead end street that runs parallel to sarasota bay. on one side of the property is the bay; on the other side is palm street--one of the first paved streets in sarasota [paved with dated clay brick, incidentally--each brick is embossed with the name of the maker and the year it was made. most were made in the 19th century].

the new acquisition is the block inland across palm street--and around the dead end of palm street. it's about a dozen residences on fairly large properties. [the garden has owned some of the properties fronting on the next street east for some time; the garden's library, for example, has been in that plat for a long time].

the upshot is that the garden must now have about 40 acres on the bay in mid-town sarasota. the down side is that a street of wonderful old clay brick runs through the middle of it and there are a few sacred cows, like marie sleby's house, that have to be accommodated in the re-drawing and re-construction.

but you're right. it's going to be a wonderful project. and i'll do my best to photograph and post it's progress.

At 03:54 PM 12/24/02 -0800, you wrote:
Yeah for you Jim!  You will have to take pics of the progress with that new
digital you've got and post them to your briefcase for us to follow along!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of jim singer
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2002 11:29 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] excited

man, i'm excited. selby botanical garden is expanding big time [they bought
the entire block across the street] and, as a consequence, they are talking
about a major re-structuring of the property. last night, they told us [the
nursery] they want us to provide the design for the new garden and to do
the hardscape, beginning with a $118,000 renovation of the "grand lawn". in
addition, they want us to help them build an office building like ours;
they are quite taken by our atrium--with its interior landscape of
fountains, fish pond, palms [copernica alba], the antique-looking street


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