Aromatherapy IN HYDE PARK BY AMY SCHERZER PHOTOGRAPHS BY WILL VRAGOVIC
ost mornings, Margo Harrod walks into the yard at daybreak, gloved, clippers in one hand, harvest bag around her waist, often a head lamp on her brow. “Dig, plant, fertilize, trim … I do everything flower-related,” Harrod said, contemplating the 200 rose bushes rimming the verdant expanse of her Bayshore Boulevard front yard. “This is my therapy time and I love it.” It started with a dozen bushes 20 years ago, “in flip-flops, no gloves” (ouch!), motivated by a South Tampa garden tour “that changed my life.” Harrod, 65, and husband, Gary, have lived in Tampa since 1980 when he was tapped to begin Trammell Crow’s commercial development in Central Florida. He later formed Harrod Properties Inc., eventually joined by their son Chad. Through the years, Margo Harrod has been actively involved in the Junior League of Tampa, the Child Abuse Council, the Florida Orchestra auxiliary and the Rose Garden Circle.
“Dick Clark” roses.