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.