Pictured left to right: John McCarthy, Tina Marqart, Dawn Lemongello, Carol Cornell, John Holic, Peg Kapustiak, Susan Stewart, Mrs. Holic. Front: Grace Donahue.

Historic Spanish Point and the Myakka Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted a public ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on January 5th, 2019 to recognize the completion of the restoration of Mrs. Bertha Honore Palmer’s famous sunken garden and pergola originally constructed in 1912. DAR State Regent Dawn Lemongello, and DAR Myakka Chapter Regent Carole Cornell gave remarks on the grant that supported this critical work. Historic Spanish Point Executive Director John McCarthy provided a history of the gardens, and recognized the partners who came together to achieve this important restoration. City of Venice Mayor, John Holic, and representatives of the DAR shared why historic preservation is important to the community. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Myakka Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and with contributions from Historic Spanish Point donors. Originally rehabilitated in the 1990’s, the DAR grant-funded work included restoration of the wooden pergola roof, restoration of the concrete pool in the sunken garden and restoration of the garden pathways.

Historic Spanish Point Executive Director, John McCarthy, discusses the history of this project with City of Venice Mayor, John Holic.
DAR State Regent, Dawn Lemongello, shares the grant that made this restoration project possible.
Mrs. Bertha Palmer’s Pergola, Sunken Garden, and Pool have been carefully restored to their original glory.