HOMES OF THE SPACE COAST
that restored Lawndale, a historical
property also on Rockledge Drive.
“The City of Rockledge is also
supportive of keeping the tree
canopy and has marked the road with
signs warning drivers of height and
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Like most of the homes in the area, the Tudor is ringed by trees, which residents on Rockledge Drive
appreciate and preserve, according to Carole Pope, president of the Preservation Education Trust.
plantings of Italian Renaissance gardens, relied
on low hedges arranged in patterns to create
architectural harmony and encourage reflection.
The gardens, while adopting Tudor sensibilities,
are equally attuned to Florida living.
“The garden and the landscaping are quite
unique,” Vista said. “The previous owners hired
a landscape designer who utilized mostly Florida
native plants which are lagoon-friendly and
need little irrigation or fertilizer.”
The garden also includes tropical fruit trees,
including several varieties of mangoes and
avocados, plus starfruit and bananas. It is so
well designed to attract pollinators and birds
by providing food, shelter and water that it has
been named a certified wildlife habitat by the
National Wildlife Federation.
The home’s original owner, Roger Ingram of
Barnett Bank, built the house closer to the road
in order to preserve a large oak tree behind.
“Most people who buy houses here on the drive
appreciate the canopy of trees and are very
protective of them when FPL or others come
through the area cutting,” said Carole Pope,
president of the Preservation Education Trust
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The combination of house, garden
and location make for an idyllic
combination Shakespeare would
“Everyone I showed the house to
said it was beautiful,” Vista said.