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Visit the Harry P. Leu Orlando Botanical Gardens

Welcoming fountain and sign to the Harry P Leu Botanical Gardens

Orlando Botanical Gardens is a must visit this year! The Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens in Orlando is a fantastic ‘add’ to your vacation.

And seeing all the blossoming flowers during your daily walk really, really makes you want to buy a new houseplant to honor the season. 

Except… You know your partner would kill you if you bring another plant home. And, you hate to admit it, but she has a point. It’s getting increasingly difficult to find empty surfaces in your apartment. 

Sometimes, for the sake of your relationship, you need to head to a botanical garden to fulfill that plant itch. Fortunately, Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens is just around the corner.

The garden has dozens of plant collections, so whether you fancy succulents, tropicals, perennials, or another plant grouping entirely, you’re sure to discover a species you haven’t seen before. 

Read on to learn what you can expect to encounter on your visit to the Leu Botanical Gardens in Orlando, including key information about the park’s hours of operation and entry fees. 

Wander Through the Orlando Gardens

Take a deep breath because you’re about to enter a plant-lover’s paradise. Upon arriving at the 50-acre garden, you can take yourself on a self-guided tour of the numerous plant collections. Just grab a guest map at the Welcome Center so you can make sure to hit all the highlights. 

And what do these highlights include, you ask? 

For one, the Leu Gardens Orlando is home to one of the world’s largest collections of camellias. In fact, it’s the third-largest camellia collection in the United States! The best time to see these bushes in bloom is fall through the spring. 

Additionally, you can visit some of the numerous other plant collections during your visit, including:  

  • Arid garden
  • Vine collection
  • Bromeliads
  • Banana Plants 
  • Ferns
  • Citrus Grove 
  • And more

Make sure to set aside a few extra dollars in your monthly budget if you plan to visit the garden in March when the garden hosts a plant sale. (Yeah, we know the whole point of coming here is to avoid buying plants… but won’t tell your partner about your newly acquired specimens if you don’t!)

The Leu Botanical Garden staff recommend you set aside at least two hours to visit the grounds. Even then, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to see all of the 15,000 plants on-site in just one day. 

Tour the Leu House Museum 

Once you’ve had your fill of wandering the immaculate grounds of the Leu Gardens, it’s time to tour the garden’s namesake: the Leu House Museum

The Leu House is a restored 19th Century Home that’s been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was built in 1988 and then donated to the City of Orlando by Harry and Mary Jane Leu in the 1970s. 

Situated on Lake Rowena, it makes an excellent place to not only take in some beautiful scenery but also learn about the history of this estate. In particular, the museum highlights the four different families that have lived in the Leu House and their contributions to the property as a whole. 

Host your Wedding at the Leu Botanical Garden

And if you happen to fall in love with the Leu Botanical Gardens during your visit… host an event there! A Leu Rose Garden wedding is made for memories.

The Leu Botanical Gardens offers both indoor and outdoor event spaces. Couples can host their weddings big and small at the park. Depending on the size of the wedding, individuals can choose from ceremony sites like the Rose Garden, Event Lawn, or Idea Garden Gazebo.  A Leu Gardens Wedding would be unforgettable! Info on a Leu Garden Wedding cost can be found here. Quickly it becomes evident that the Leu Gardens is an affordable option for an Orlando garden wedding.

Additionally, the garden hosts field trips, providing kids with the opportunity to learn more about the natural world around them. The Leu Botanical Garden also offers workshops and classes periodically.

You can learn more about the garden’s event daytime room rental rates here. 

Learn About Price, Hours, and Location 

The Leu Botanical Gardens are open from 9AM to 5PM, Tuesday through Sunday. Plan to arrive before 4PM, as no one is allowed entry past that time. The gardens are closed on Mondays and some holidays, like Christmas. 

The Leu House has slightly different hours. You can visit this museum Tuesday through Sunday from 10AM to 1PM. The museum is closed the entire month of July and on December 25th. 

You can purchase tickets online or at the welcome center (prices are listed in the table below). The Leu Botanical Gardens also occasionally offers free daytime admission. 

Children (4-17 years old)$10
Active Military or Veteran (bring your ID!): $10
Infants and Toddlers (3 years or younger)Free

Located just 45 minutes north of Disney, the Leu Botanical Gardens also serves as a great attraction for when you’re looking to get away from the throngs of people and back to nature. You can find the gardens at the following address (the gardens also offers directions on its website): 

1920 North Forest Avenue

Orlando, Florida 32803 

Be sure to review the garden’s visitor information page before setting off, as the garden occasionally closes early. And when planning your visit, keep in mind that the Leu Botanical Garden doesn’t allow picnics (or pets) on its grounds.

Orlando Botanical Garden Wrap-Up

Ready to have some fern? Now that you have all the details about the Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens, it’s time to get to it and plan for your next visit. The gardens are a wonderful way to fuel your plant-loving heart while preserving at least a couple of the empty, plant-less nooks in your home… at least for a little while.

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