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The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Garden Dialogue Series comes to Nokomis later this month. The third season will begin at 3:30 p.m. March 29 at the award-winning Casey Key Pagoda Garden. Register online at www.

The Casey Key Pagoda Garden was designed by Sarasota landscape architect Michael A. Gilkey Inc. in collaboration with Synergy Building Corp. In July 2013, it was given the state’s only Award of Excellence for Residential Design by the Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The Garden Dialogue Series was developed to answer the question, “How do garden owners and their landscape architects or designers work together to create a great garden?” These conversations bring together patrons and designers to reveal the creative process and collaboration that yields a great garden.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation featured Michael Gilkey’s work for the first time in the 2013 Garden Dialogue Series. This year’s event includes two dozen projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. For the Pagoda Garden dialogue, Gilkey will be joined by contractor Joe Jannopoulo to discuss their collaborative design process. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime project,” Gilkey said of the Pagoda Garden.


London Bay Homes has opened the Belita model at The Founders Club, off Fruitville Road east of Interstate 75.

The three-bedroom, three-bath “maintenance-free” golf cottage includes ivory-toned tile flooring set in a running-board pattern, white kitchen cabinetry and naturally aged eucalyptus flooring with a river rock finish in the study.

The 3,091-square-foot floor plan has a dining room, family room and kitchen with a home office, walk-in pantry and casual dining area. It has an entry porch and courtyard, three-car garage and large outdoor living and dining area, bringing the total square footage to 4,502.

As with all London Bay cottage homes at The Founders Club, the Belita has a pool and spa with landscape maintenance provided through the neighborhood association.

“These cottage homes are spacious and offer great views,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of London Bay Homes. “The maintenance-free factor is a bonus.”

The Belita has arctic white kitchen cabinetry with shaker-style doors, a free-standing breakfast bar/island and Giallo light-granite counter tops. Priced at $1,165,130, it is one of London Bay’s 20-plus floor plans in the community, which offers home/homesite packages from the $650,000s to $3 million-plus.

REAL ESTATE is edited by Harold Bubil with design by Terry Galvin.

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