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    Beautiful Gardens

    by alancollins Written Mar 26, 2014

    Hollis Gardens are botanical gardens in set out in 1.2 acres of grounds adjacent to Lake Mirror. Well laid out in a neo-classical style, with 10,000 flowers and ornamental shrubs. There is a cascading fall of water in centre staircase, ornamental fountains, secluded areas and a pool with fish. The gardens are named after the Hollis Family who donated them and who own a well known US supermarket chain. The gardens are free to enter and somewhere to sit and take in the view. Open daily between 10am & dusk, closed on Mondays.

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    Lake Mirror Park

    by alancollins Written Mar 20, 2014

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    We had a drive out to Lakeland to visit the downtown area. We went for a walk around Lake Mirror and its historic promenade which was first completed in 1926. The lake is home to lots of different birds including black and white swans.
    Besides the walk around the ornate promenade, events are held in the amphitheatre and there is a loggia on the opposite side of the lake. The area also includes a conference and events centre, children's play area, park, Hollis Gardens and a bistro.

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    florida southern college

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    florida southern college is best known for it's collection of frank lloyd wright buildings on campus. wright started designing campus bulidings in 1939 and the last building was completed in 1958. pictured is the annie pleiffer chapel completed in 1941. this chapel was the first wright building on campus. guided tours of the wright buildings can be arranged at the campus visitor center.

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    Annual Lakeland Derby

    by GenXVoice Written Apr 26, 2010

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    Every year, usually the week prior to the Kentucky Derby, Lakeland hosts its annual community fundraiser "The Lakeland Derby". This event provides funding for the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine which is made up of physicians and caregivers who provide free medical services to those who do not have insurance.

    The Derby is free to attend - the fundraising is through sponsorship of the swan boats and tiny rubber duckies you can adopt and "race" which basically consists of an airboat that revs its engine to blow the ducks over the finish line. It's cheesy fun and I always love a good party. And a good party for a great cause? Even better! A great night of fun and festivities by the lake - and who doesn't love an excuse to dress up and don a big fun hat?

    We arrived early evening around 5:30p and spread a blanket, a few chairs from our camping equipment and unloaded the picnic baskets and uncorked a few bottles of wine. A great night of music, dancing, catching up with old friends, making new friends, playing hostess to passerby's offering wine and cheese in exchange for a good story and a laugh - over all I had a great time and am looking forward to next year! I shall be hosting a hat-making party at my house to get ready for the big day! And I already have a few local VT members on board for next year's Derby!

    They have booths set up where you can exchange USD for "Derby Dollars" to purchase food from the vendors. (Sodas were averaging $2 and food was around $4. ) I preferred bringing our own food of cheese and crackers, small bite-size sandwiches that were easy to handle, fresh fruit, pita chips and black bean salsa and of course, lots of wine! Made a mental note for next year to bring a small cooler with bottled water since after a few hours in the sun and a few glasses of wine...you can really get dehydrated fast and teeny 4oz bottles of water were a $1 - no biggie, but I'm a thirsty girl and if you're buying for the group, it can add up fast. So, to keep the cost down and have some good ol' inexpensive fun - load up your coolers and picnic baskets and have a ball!

    Definitely if you are in the Central Florida area this time next year - you must drive out. And if you do - lemme know! I'll throw down another blanket and make room for ya!

    High school teams are the first race of the day Some great hats in the crowd Fun for all ages-had to snap this little cutie! Local band and fireworks wrapped up the affair
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    munn park historic district

    by doug48 Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    pictured is the confederate civil war memorial located in munn park. the munn park historic district offers a number of shops, restaurants, and bars. there are a number of historic buildings in the munn park area.

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    florida southern college

    by doug48 Written Apr 5, 2008

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    there are a number of buildings on the florida southern campus that predate the influence of frank lloyd wright. pictured is a hall with a more classical style of architecture. the florida southern college campus is very nice place to see varied architectural styles and beautiful landscaping.

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    florida southern college

    by doug48 Written Apr 5, 2008

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    the florida southern college is located on beautiful lake hollingsworth just south of downtown lakeland. on the campus of florida southern there is more to see than frank lloyd wright architecture. pictured is a beautiful english garden on the florida southern college campus.

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    florida southern college

    by doug48 Written Apr 5, 2008

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    pictured is the thad buckner building built in 1945. this building was originally the e.t. roux library. the semi-circular building pictured was the original library reading room. this building houses the florida southern college visitor center.

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    florida southern college

    by doug48 Written Apr 5, 2008

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    built in 1941 the carter, walbridge, hawkins seminar building was the second frank lloyd wright building on the florida southern campus. the most interesting aspect of this building are it's skylights.

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    lakes

    by doug48 Written Apr 5, 2008

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    pictured is lake hollingsworth one of a number of lakes in the city of lakeland. lake hollingsworth has a three mile walking/jogging trail around the lake. lakeland's lakes offer numerous boating, swimming, and fishing opportunties.

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    downtown & lake mirror

    by doug48 Written Apr 5, 2008

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    pictured is one of several interesting sculptures located around lake mirror and the downtown historic district. lakeland is known for it's annual sculputure competition. a fun thing to do is to wander around the historic district and try to find these interesting sculptures.

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    Lakeland Antiques District

    by CLBoyd Written Oct 30, 2007

    The Antiques District in Lakeland centers around a three block area of North Kentucky Avenue, just north of Munn Park, which is the historical center of Lakeland. Several interesting antique shops are located in historic buildings. A great place to browse!

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    FSC campus - Central Cross

    by yooperprof Written Jun 15, 2004

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    The presence of a centrally located Cross on the Florida Southern campus reminds you that this is a college affiliated with a Christian denomination, the United Methodists, and is not a state-supported institution.

    This would be taboo at State U
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    FSC campus - Meditation Garden

    by yooperprof Written Jun 15, 2004

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    Florida Southern's campus backs up onto one of Lakeland's many lakes. The abundance of water is one reason why this seems to me to be a fundamentally healthy place. There's very much a garden ambience - particularly at the (Asian) Indian-influenced Meditation Garden.

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    The Esplanades - II

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 15, 2004

    Florida Southern is not a fantastically weathy institution, but it found creative ways to pay for the privilege of having Wright working and designing buildings here. At the base of each "pier" is a donor's name, who paid the "naming" privilege. Some "piers" have several names, as people chipped in to become part of the project. And now the college must be grateful for the generosity of the earlier generation's generosity. Quality costs, but it also pays (in the long run.)

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