A nearly native Floridian, Ilene Denton has lived in Sarasota since her senior year in high school. Besides her long journalism career, she had a 10-year stint as deputy director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (Ask her about some of her backstage shenanigans sometime.)

What I'm Crushing On

Designer Tracey Rapisardi on How to Achieve the Coastal Cottage Look

Color, texture and—surprise!—plenty of nooks and crannies.

10/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Blossoms of Asia

Asian Art Comes to Life in Selby Gardens' Newest Orchid Show

In Asian cultures, the orchid, plum blossom, bamboo and chrysanthemum are known as the Four Gentlemen, representing the four seasons; the orchid is spring.

10/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Secret Garden

A Laurel Park Bungalow Gets a Lush Modern Makeover

Once the decades-long home of botanist Dr. Hans Wiehler, the bungalow and its very private grounds have been made to bloom anew by Wiehler’s son, Danny.

10/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Modern Classic

Victor Lundy's Herron House Is a Timeless Example of the Sarasota School of Architecture

The home continues to inspire 62 years after it became an icon of the midcentury-modern Sarasota School of Architecture.

10/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: At Sea With the Ringlings

Ringling used to take potential financial investors on pleasure cruises along Sarasota Bay.

10/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Secret Garden

A Laurel Park Bungalow Gets a Lush Modern Makeover

Once the decades-long home of botanist Dr. Hans Wiehler, the bungalow and its very private grounds have been made to bloom anew by Wiehler’s son, Danny.

09/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

A Modern Classic

Victor Lundy's Herron House Is a Timeless Example of the Sarasota School of Architecture

The home continues to inspire 62 years after it became an icon of the midcentury-modern Sarasota School of Architecture.

09/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Ski-A-Rees kicks off its fall show season, a big Venice Beach party, the Sarasota Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Fifth and more.

09/26/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Sept. 19-25

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, a bhangra dance party at The Ringling, free admission to area museums and more.

09/19/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Historical Trolley Tours, Midcentury Modern Home Tours and More

A look at upcoming home-related events.

09/19/2019 By Ilene Denton

Gardening

Mark Your Calendar for These Six Fall Plant Fairs

The Sarasota Succulent Society’s fall sale, a Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair and more.

09/19/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Sept. 12-18

A Venice Oktoberfest, Payne Park yoga festival and more.

09/12/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Sept. 5-11

Passerine at the Blue Rooster, $7 Saturdays at Mote Aquarium and more.

09/05/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Events

Halflants + Pichette Spotlighted in New Center for Architecture Sarasota Exhibit

Opening reception is Sept. 12; Gallery Walk is Sept. 26.

09/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Guide to Giving

Nonprofit Expert Bob Carter Shares His Tips For Choosing a Charity

Sarasota County is overflowing with nonprofits—2,154 of them, to be exact.

09/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Guide to Giving

The Lost Pet Services 941 Facebook Page Reunites Lost Pets With Their Owners

“That’s the goal: to be the one place people can go to, so that no pets fall through the cracks.”

09/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Books & Beyond

New Public Libraries Chief Renee DiPilato Says Libraries Are “The Great Connectors”

“The library was always a stable presence in my life,” she says.

09/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What $280,000 Will Buy in Lakewood Ranch

Plus, a $7.5 million mansion on Lido Key.

09/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Home View

Trend Report: What Today's Home Buyers Want

When it comes to what home buyers are requesting from the area’s upscale builders, there are a few surprises.

09/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Westgate Publix, 1956

When it opened on April 3, 1956, it was the very first Publix in either Manatee or Sarasota counties—and the 34th in all of Florida.

09/01/2019 By Ilene Denton