Harry P. Leu Gardens

On June 5, 2017, Art and I visited Leu Gardens. The Harry P. Leu Gardens are semi-tropical and tropical gardens in Orlando, Florida, United States. The gardens contain nearly 50 acres of landscaped grounds backdropped by the serene Lake Rowena. Meandering trails shaded by 200-year-old oaks and forests of camellias have a bayou effect like walking back into history in the old south. The gardens are well kept and manicured displaying the natural beauty of many species of plants, indigenous, exotic and adopted. We enjoyed the many colorful flowers in bloom and species that we’ve have never seen before.  The historical home is a beautiful old country house, overlooking Lake Rowena, and filled with antiques and history.  The tour through the house is a must.

The gardens and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.

Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane, purchased the property in 1936. Mr. Leu owned a very successful industrial supply company. The Leus traveled extensively and brought back plants and seeds for their garden. The beautiful gardens bear witness to the legacy Mr. Leu left to the City of Orlando.

Art and I enjoy spending the day here as a getaway date to spend time together. The beautiful gardens provide a special place for us to relax, reminisce, and wonder.
Harry P Leu Gardens


Scenic Boat Tour

While Mom was visiting us spring, 2017, I decided to take her on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park, Florida. Somehow, I thought we had previously taken her on this boat tour, but she said she never was. We cruised Lake Osceola, Lake Virginia and Lake Mizell through small narrow manmade canals. We saw many old historic Winter Park homes and learned about the history of Winter Park.

The Scenic Boat Tour itself is historical, starting tourist tours in 1938. It’s located on Lake Osceola at the east end of Morse Boulevard and is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Florida.

Mom was visiting Florida from Michigan for our daughter’s wedding,  held at The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. We were able to see the museum from lake view.