The Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, Florida

So you’re on vacation in Orlando and you’ve already visited EPCOT, the water parks, the themed miniature golf courses, and all the other man-made wonders the area has to offer. It’s time for a break and a return to nature at its best!

I heartily recommend a wonderful but little-known oasis of greenery that my husband and I were lucky enough to discover on our last trip to central Florida.

Located on North Forest Avenue in Orlando, the Harry P. Leu Gardens features beautiful scenic paths winding through 50 acres of lovely, luxuriant botanical displays.

Among its delights are an extensive collection of colored camellias (which are at their best from November-March), Florida’s largest rose garden (whose blossoms peak from December-January, from April-May, and from October-November), a butterfly garden with 100 different plant species which attract butterflies year round, an herb and vegetable garden, a 2-acre Tropical Stream Garden, a bamboo garden and a palm garden.

There are many plants that bloom all year long such as lantana, salvia, bird-of paradise, hibiscus, bromeliads, lilies and many, many more. Each month, there are various flowers featured, which are listed on the Gardens’ excellent website.

Since this attraction is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, it is offering free admission to anyone who visits this year on his or her birthday!

Do take the time to visit these wonderful gardens when visiting Orlando!

My comments: Don't forget there's the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples Florida, too!

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