Propagation Guild Visits Leu Gardens

On January 2nd the Propagation Guild went on an excursion to Leu Gardens in Orlando. Thirteen members saw this as an excellent kick-off of the New Year 2019. Jane organized the trip and also acted as our expert tour guide.

Tibouchina urvilleana, “Princess Flower”

Leu Gardens covers 50 acres and contains 29 plant collections, from Azalea, Bamboo and Bromeliads to Conifers, Ferns and Vegetables.

Aechmea gamosepala, “Matchstick Bromeliad”

 

 

 

 

 

Callicarpa americana, “American Beautyberry”

 

 

 

An extensive network of pathways brings the visitor in contact with all collections.
Leu Gardens Map

Pyracantha coccinea, “Firethorn bush”

 

 

In addition to many “must have” plants and shrubs the garden enthusiast can also collect a lot of landscaping ideas.

Arid garden landscaping example

 

 

When viewing the photos one can still hear the ooohs and aaaahs.

 

Leu Gardens is also home to one of the largest Camellia collections in the country. The foundation of this collection are the varieties of Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua originally planted by Mr. Leu. Today, more than 2000 plants and 230+ cultivars are displayed throughout the gardens.

Camellia flower

This collection ranks among the largest in the United States and is one of the largest documented collections in the Southeast.

 

Camellia flower

 

 

 

Camellias display their flowers between October  and April.  Now is a good time to admire their blooms in a variety of colors from white to pink to red.

 

 

 

Currently Leu Gardens also hosts an exhibition of frog sculptures, entitled Ribbit The Exhibit II. The sculptures are on display between November 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

 

The Propagators were very keen on being photographed with the green creatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing with the Stars

 

 

Happy faces at the conclusion of a fun outing.

Article submitted by Marinus Grootenboer.
Photography by Kathy Robison.

 

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7 Responses to Propagation Guild Visits Leu Gardens

  1. Sue Bara says:

    Oh what great pictures. I know all of you had a grand time. Th akbyou for taking the pictures and sharing the the day with the rest of us.

  2. Kathy Robison says:

    Great article Marinus…what a fun day!

  3. Denise Ann Garcia says:

    So sorry I missed this wonderful outing. Thank you for posting.

  4. Marie Fabozzi says:

    Had a great time with wonderful people. I keep learning so much about the flora and fauna

  5. Debbie L says:

    What a great fun trip. Enjoyed your article Marinus.

  6. Carol Walker says:

    Great photos- looked like a fabulous day! Wish I could have been there!

  7. Janet Correia says:

    Looks like a great time, sorry I missed it. What a great group.

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