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HARRY P. LEU GARDENS

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on February 6, 2010

Harry P. Leu Gardens is one of my favorite haunts in Orlando. I modeled a location after it in my tenth Bad Hair Day mystery (yet to come), so I count a visit as part of my research.

There’s so much more to do in Greater Orlando than the theme parks. When you have a day to spare, consider spending it at Winter Park. Stroll Leu Gardens in the morning then drive over to Park Avenue and park on one of the side streets. Have lunch in one of the many cafes lining the popular thoroughfare. Shop in the boutiques. Visit a museum, or take an escorted boat ride on the lake. I like this little city so much that I centered my proposed new mystery series there.

Enjoy these photos from Leu Gardens and plan a visit next time you’re in Orlando. Founded by the Mizells in 1858, the park hosts a family cemetery among its attractions. The park covers fifty acres with over forty plant collections and is a favorite site for weddings. Besides a butterfly garden, vegetable garden, herb garden, and citrus grove, there are sections with flowering camellias, cycads, bamboo, camphor trees, and more. An indoor gift shop and catering hall are in the main building but there’s a bride’s cottage on the grounds for outdoor weddings.

Spanish Moss covered tree

Shady paths

Shady paths

Lake Rowena

Fish in Lake

Turtles by Lake

Can you spot the alligator?

Camillia Tree

Camillia

Fountain

Sundial

Floral Clock

Leu House Museum

Vegetable Garden

Family Cemetery

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2 Responses to “HARRY P. LEU GARDENS”

  1. Nice pics. I have to be in Orlando Wednesday morning – I’ll have to check da joint out. There are so many cool places like that in our state – great inspiration, wildlife & land/seascapes for my wife’s photography passion. Ain’t too shabby in these parts for writing either!

  2. Thanks, Dave. You’re right about living in Florida. There are so many different ecosystems and interesting towns!

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