In the heart of Orlando, Florida, lies a marvelous oasis brimming with lush vegetation, winding paths, cheery birdsong, secluded gazebos, rose gardens, and one of the largest collections of camellias in the United States. With such an incredible amount of floral biodiversity, the Harry P. Leu Gardens is a paradise unto itself. In fact, this historical landmark is a local darling and a prized venue in The City Beautiful.
Join me on a digital tour through Leu Gardens, and consider making your own visit after catching a glimpse of this sensational city refuge.
Tropical Stream Garden
The striking feature of this section is the overabundance and diversity of plant life. It is not difficult to imagine trekking through a tropical rainforest after passing through this captivating scenery.
The Camellia Collection
January and February are the best months to observe the incredible camellias found at almost every turn throughout the 50 acres. They are, in my opinion, the most charming blossoms to be found, and they are worth waiting most of the year to see them!
Space for Reflection
Courtyards, gazebos, and park benches are spread out across the grounds, allowing visitors to enjoy the various environments. Located in the middle of the property is the Leu House Museum, an original home dating back to the 18th century.
The Rose Garden
Not far from the Leu House, over two hundred types of roses are stationed in a well-manicured garden. Enchanting blooms can be found almost all year long.
While visiting Leu Gardens, don’t forget to look for the critters that crawl, climb, and fly around the gardens!
Much More to See
A floral clock, citrus groves, vegetable gardens, giant oak trees, and many more camellias are waiting for you at Leu Gardens. For more information on this beautiful and biodiverse retreat in the heart of Orlando, check out the Leu Gardens website to plan your visit!
Hey readers! Would you like to visit Orlando’s hidden oasis on your next trip to Central Florida? Orlando locals, what aspects of Leu Gardens do you appreciate most?