More Florida gardens. After Miami we headed up to Orlando to the house we had rented for the rest of our stay in Florida. But as we were so close to three more gardens from the book Gav and I went on an overnight trip down the Gulf of Mexico coast to see them.
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.
Amazing views and amazing plants.
The gardens hold a huge collection of orchids and also epiphytes. These are plants that grow on other plants but non-parasitically.
They conjure up a prehistoric feel.
There were some visitors from the nearby Hudson Bayou.
I cannot resist a duck. Especially a baby one.
Looks like the fish can’t resist either.
We also found a great tea house, situated inside the gardens, serving samples of tea from all over the globe and the lady serving the tea that day was from England! We had a good old chat about what she was doing there and her love of Florida.
Then we went for lunch and a friend joined us…….
Eeeek!! We went into the cool air-conditioned cafe to escape the local wildlife.
And after a cool down we set off for another wander.
Yep. A coffee plant. Amazing!
We made a whistle-stop visit to another garden listed which was part of the Ringling complex. The house and gardens are called Ca d’Zan.
A very impressive house set in landscaped Italianate gardens.
The next day we went to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
Here I am stood next to a statue of Edison. And those trees behind us are actually just one tree! A Banyan tree.
The one here was planted in the 1920’s and is thought to be one of the largest in the continental USA. A sight to see the Banyan tree sends down tendrils that when they touch the surface of the soil become another trunk.
There were great views here too.
Although the grounds are beautiful you can’t forget who owned and planted these gardens as they a dominated by a huge Ficus tree. Ford and Edison along with another neighbour of theirs were searching for a domestic rubber source. You wouldn’t be surprised to know that another friend of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford was Harvey Firestone.
History and beautiful gardens and of course more ticked off the list.