Spotlight on Florida: Harry P Leu Gardens, A Mother’s Day Tradition

Downtown Orlando may conjure up images of tall buildings, business, crazy traffic but you will also find one of the most beautiful parks in Florida. The 50-acre park is a mosaic of stunning landscapes and gardens. Among the most popular the Tropical Stream Garden, Idea Gardens, Vegetable and Herb Gardens, Butterfly Gardens and the Rose Garden with its gorgeous water fountains. The gardens and historical home were donated by Harry and Mary Jane Leu to the city of Orlando in 1961.

In addition to the serenity of the wooded trails and colorful blooms the Gardens offers classes in understanding plants, is a popular venue for weddings and parties and many enjoy “Date Night” during summer months. Bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs and enjoy an evening under the stars watching a movie on the lawns. And every year mother’s get free admission, definitely a bonus for me.

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Tropical Stream Garden

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There’s my little guy enjoying the view

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Butterfly Garden

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Rose Garden

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The Gardens is located on beautiful Lake Rowena just a few minutes from downtown Orlando. The Gardens is open daily as well as the Leu House Museum.

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