Although community members gathered in the city on Sunday evening, the event took place amid tropical plants and a small waterfall.
It was the summer session of Music in the Gardens by Sarasota Garden Club.
“It’s gorgeous, it’s wonderful,” said visitor Mary Strain. “It’s a little piece of paradise, out amidst the high-rises.”
The evening featuring live music by The JAM along with Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by the club.
Club President Kelly Goodwin said the summer version of the event, which is also held in September, offers a chance to get the local community out to the venue.
Although the event has been held annually in the past, this was the second occasion since the COVID-19 pandemic, said Goodwin. Vice President CJ Danna said the turnout was higher than expected.
Guests had the chance to explore the Sarasota Garden Club venue, an area over an acre in size maintained entirely by garden club volunteers.
“It’s gorgeous; it’s wonderful,” said visitor Heather George, calling the location one of her favorite spots. “The band was fantastic, with songs from every era.”