People linger on the sidewalk in front of Fran Bennett's home – they even stop their cars along the street – just to ask how she does it. How does she manage to keep her garden looking so spectacular year after year? The secret, she tells them, is simple: constant, thoughtful attention.
Fran has lived in Rosedale since the 1970s, raising four kids and pursuing a fascinating array of interests. But perhaps nothing better sums up her passion for life than her vast garden – filled, aptly enough, with perennials of every description, carefully chosen to ensure something is always in bloom. And while she finds it hard to name a favourite, she clearly has a soft spot for daisies, which evoke fond memories of her childhood country home.
Fran's résumé is as extraordinary as her garden. She skated with the Ice Capades and at New York's Roxy Theater. She worked as a model and as a stage, film and TV performer. She hosted three radio shows. She was an advertising copywriter. And then her gift for helping people make good decisions led naturally to real estate. She focused on the neighbourhood she knew best, sharing family stories and local lore in a series of sketches, Rosedale Carries On. Soon her sensitivity to the needs of buyers and sellers alike established her as one of the area's leading lights.
Ranked today among the top 1% of Toronto real estate agents, Fran has earned many accolades. She attributes her success to a passion for providing the best possible service to every client; to her aquafit classes, which help sustain the athlete's energy she brings to her job; and of course to that secret gift by which all great gardeners turn vision into reality: constant, thoughtful attention.