Get In Touch With Nature At The Harry P. Leu Gardens
Semi-tropical and tropical gardens in Orlando, Florida, USA.
A nature lover's trip to Florida simply would not be complete without a trip to the Harry P. Leu Gardens. The gardens span 50 breathtaking acres of botanical oasis meant to inspire and educate visitors of all ages. The gardens, along with the historical home which sits in the middle of them, were donated to the city of Orlando by Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane, in 1961.
Numerous species of plant life abound at the gardens. Drought tolerant plants from desert regions include agave, aloe, cacti, palm, and yucca. Fifty different species of Bamboo are on display, some only a few inches, and some over seventy feet tall! Bananas, Azalea, Citrus Grove, Crepe Myrtle, Fern, Hibiscus, and Magnolia are also present, amongst plenty of other beautiful flora.
The Harry P. Leu Gardens hosts multiple events throughout the year, including a monthly 'date night' in which an outdoor movie is shown. A food truck is on site. Alcohol, outside food, and drinks are permitted. There is also a story time, and events are hosted for many memorable holidays.
Beautiful artistic renderings are found throughout the fifty acres, adding to the beauty of nature in a subtle form. Sculptures created by William Ludwig, Bob Winship, and Peter Oftinoski have been commissioned by the gardens to add to your cultural experience.
You can enroll in a wide array of fun, educational classes at Harry P. Leu Gardens. There are children's camps and classes, as well as classes on history, nature, and the botanical arts. Gardening, landscaping, wellness, fitness, cooking, nutrition, and photography classes are also available. Check out the garden's website for more information on when the classes take place if your interested in attending!
Leu House Museum
The Leu House Museum is a restored 19th century home, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were four families who owned the property before it was donated to the city of Orlando and opened to the public.
The history of these four families is intriguing, and will thrill history lovers everywhere. The Mizell Family staked claim on the land in 1858. David Mizell was the only sheriff of Orange County, and died during an ambush in 1870. Duncan Pell and Helen Gardner purchased the property in 1902. Helen Gardner was the first woman to own her own production company. The Woodward Family purchased the home in 1906 as a winter retreat. The Leu's purchases the house in 1936. The couple traveled the world and brought back seeds to plant in the gorgeous botanical paradise they slowly created throughout their lifetimes. Guided tours of the house museum are available every thirty minutes, from 10 am until 3:30 pm.
Any lover of nature or history will be enthralled with the beautiful gardens and historic home. Anyone who would like a 'breath of fresh air' or just wants to get away from it all for a few hours should make this a stop on their next Orlando vacation.
The Harry P. Leu Gardens are located at 1920 North Forest Avenue, and is open every day except Christmas, from 9 am until 5 pm.
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