Henry P. Leu Gardens
Looking for a sedate escape from the theme parks? Not far from downtown Orlando, the Henry P. Leu Gardens offers a serene and scenic departure from the typical Orlando vacation. here. Part of Leu Gardens also hugs a section of Lake Rowena, and there is a nice, shady deck next to the main house that provides for a great picnic spot. Leu Gardens normally has an admission charge (I believe it was $7 per adult); however, on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon admission is FREE! The gardens are also available for wedding ceremonies.
The last time we went to Orlando the children were small and visiting gardens was not their thing. This time we were on our own and now we also appreciate gardens more than we did then. Leu Gardens have a wonderful history and it is a great place to wander around and soak up the beauty of the place. The tropical and semi-tropical gardens cover an area of 50 acres. The land was originally owned by the Mizell family and the first part of house which now serves as a museum was built on the land in 1888 and now consists of 11 rooms and contains furniture from that period. There are guided tours of the house every 30 minutes and you can sit on the shaded veranda whilst waiting for the next trip. Harry and Mary Leu purchased the gardens in 1936. The Leus enjoyed traveling around the world and brought back many exotic plants including camellias. The gardens now contain the third largest camellia collection in the United States and the largest in Florida. In 1961 the Leus donated the gardens to the City of Orlando who now manage them. Similar to other gardens in Europe this is a popular location for weddings in the grounds.
the harry p. leu gardens is a beautiful oasis near downtown orlando. leu gardens is home to the largest formal rose garden in florida and the largest collection of camellias in the eastern united states. at the gardens there is a 1880 house which has a museum on orlando and orange county history. a very nice and relaxing place to visit in orlando. for times and admission fees see the attached web site.
Leu Gardens is a botanical garden near downtown Orlando. It is not very large, you can probably walk through it in an hour or so. People tell me they have nice Azaleas and roses, but what do I know about plants....
My parents like this place and go there everytime they visit. Sometimes they have events that draw enough people to take up all of the parking in the entire area, like plant sales, or concerts.
Businessman Harry P. Leu donated his 49-acre estate to the city in the 1960s and created the gardens.
There are $6 guided tours of his house, built in 1888
Admission is free Mondays from 9am to noon.