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HOME OF HARRY LEU

Leu Gardens is a 50 acre botanical garden which is on the National Register of  Historical Places. It was originally the home and garden of Harry and Mary Jane Leu. They purchased the home in 1936 and were the fourth and final owners. They completely renovated the house making it the home as we see it today.  As Mr. Leu got older and suffered from arthritis it made it increasingly difficult for him to climb the stairs. They then gave the house to the City of Orlando in 1961.

The Leu’s traveled all over the world and brought back many exotic plants and numerous varieties of camellias for their garden. Because they created such a beautiful garden they invited the public to drive through and see the camellias and azaleas when they were living there.

The garden consist of several different areas such as a rose garden, camellia garden, arid garden, etc.

FOUNTAIN IN ROSE GARDEN

  Walking through the tropical garden was like walking through the Climatron in most botanical gardens, however here you were in the outdoors. It was so quiet and secluded you could imagine yourself in a tropical rain forest. The camellias were just beginning to bloom and must put on quite a show when they are in full bloom. The garden consist mostly of green plants and not a

LEU GARDENS

lot of flowers when we were there.

The house, which you can tour, was decorated for the holidays.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS LEU HOUSE

It was a lovely house, not overly large. It was one that grew over the years with additions made to it over time. The Christmas decorations were pretty spectacular with each room decorated lavishly.

DININGROOM LEU HOUSE

  Lots of good ideas to be had. One decorations I found particularly interesting, I guess because I had never seen anything like it before, was a large glass ornament with a scene inside. There were several of them in various sizes.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

The thing I am finding really interesting is the displays of poinsettias outside. They wouldn’t last a day outside at home.

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