Three of the most beautiful gardens in Florida
Florida Vacation Guide to must-see botanical gardens
If you’re one to appreciate a meticulously maintained garden, try to add one of these amazing botanical gardens to your Florida vacation itinerary.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Can you picture yourself in the photo above? That photograph looks towards a two-roomed pavilion at Vizcaya called The Casino. Visitors there find a tranquil place to relax and take in the view. Located on Biscayne Bay in Miami, this Renaissance garden has been named one of the 5 most beautiful gardens in the United States. James Deering of the International Harvester Company was responsible for constructing the 180-acre estate that is Villa Vizcaya. Now open to the public, the formal gardens of Vizcaya are close replicas of traditional Italian gardening and include classical statues, sculptured beds of grass, topiary trees and shrubs, water displays and decorative banisters.
Minutes from downtown Orlando there’s a stunning 50-acre botanical oasis waiting for your visit. Explore Leu Gardens and gain a new appreciation for and understanding of plants. At the heart of the gardens stands The Leu House Museum which teaches guests about how families lived in this home went about their day-to-day routine at the turn of the century. Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane donated this historic home and gardens to the City of Orlando in 1961. It is worth a visit.
Heathcote Botanical Gardens
Heathcote Botanical Gardens is made up of several specialty gardens including a Japanese Garden, Reflection Garden, Herb Garden, Rainforest Display, Native Plants Garden and a Palm & Cycad Walk. The most unique aspect of these gardens, however, may be the Heathcote Organic Vegetable Garden, which has contributed over 500 pounds of fresh, organic produce to local food pantries to feed the hungry.
Do you make a point of visiting botanical gardens on your travels?