Image
May 16, 2016 7:54 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Birds
Thinking of heading to St. Augustine this coming weekend. Any plant-related suggestions? Gardens maybe?
Image
May 18, 2016 10:23 AM CST
Name: Alice
Flat Rock, NC (Zone 7a)
The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
Birds Overwinters Tender Plants Indoors Region: North Carolina Hydrangeas Hummingbirder Dog Lover
Container Gardener Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Butterflies Tropicals Ponds
I like to stop at the Sugar Mill gardens which, I believe would be along your way. It is a small garden and very relaxing.
http://www.dunlawtonsugarmillg...

There are 2 nurseries in St. Augustine I like, Leonardi's and Southern Horticulture.

Have a good trip.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Image
May 18, 2016 10:52 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Birds
Thanks, Alice! DH and I may find ourselves "unexpectedly" at one of those Whistling
Image
May 18, 2016 2:38 PM CST
Name: Alice
Flat Rock, NC (Zone 7a)
The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
Birds Overwinters Tender Plants Indoors Region: North Carolina Hydrangeas Hummingbirder Dog Lover
Container Gardener Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Butterflies Tropicals Ponds
Yes, those unexpected stops just happen sometimes, actually my car often turns into nurseries all by itself. Sugar Mill really is a small but interesting garden and it is a quick stop, even my husband likes to walk around that one because he knows he will be back in the car before he gets tired or hot. Hilarious! Living in FL you would be familiar with most if not all of the plant material but the historic aspect is interesting.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Image
Jun 4, 2016 7:39 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Birds
@ardesia Alice, thanks for your recommendations! We found Leonardi's easily as it's on the way to the lighthouse and of course had to stop in nodding They had some things I hadn't seen at my local nurseries, so that was a success Hurray! We didn't get a chance to get to Sugar Mill, but it's on the list for next time we're out that way. Thanks again Smiling
Image
Jun 4, 2016 9:04 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: Ukraine Region: United States of America Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
I agree, if you ever get over to the Daytona Beach/Port Orange area you should try to stop in at Sugar Mill Gardens. There is no admission fee, it's open from @ 7:00 a.m. until dusk every day. It's a really nice place for a morning or afternoon stroll in spring and fall but can be quite hot and humid during the summer months, even with all the shade from the huge oak trees!

Sugar Mill Gardens isn't a very large place, only @ 12 acres total; around 10 acres of maintained gardens (including the sugar mill ruins) and @ 2 acres of trails through a hammock area. The property was a tourist attraction back in the 1950's called Bongo Land or something like that. They still have the cement Dinosaur statues around the property, which children (and even some adults) get a kick out of. Green Grin!

I volunteered at Sugar Mill Gardens for a couple of years; there are no paid employees ... maintenance and upkeep is all done by volunteers on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. They have separate little garden areas for specific plants; Cacti/Succulent garden, Fern Grotto, Butterfly Garden, Herb Garden, Children's Garden, etc. These are a few photos I took at the gardens about 4 years ago:
Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/847a2f Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/e3ab6c Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/143ef4

The Sugar Mill area:
Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/ad8e4b Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/b3885b
Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/2b9cf6 Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/62b799

The property was originally called Dunlawton Plantation back in the 1800's and of course there were wars with the natives.
Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/c6dc57 Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/6a4f12 Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/bc1c3d

Misc. view and a pond with a Giant Ground Sloth in the background
Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/6432c6 Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/8047b0

A few of the Dinoasaur statues
Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/d50e23 Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/201e5a Thumb of 2016-06-05/plantladylin/c4d22b
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Image
Jun 5, 2016 5:22 AM CST
Name: Alice
Flat Rock, NC (Zone 7a)
The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
Birds Overwinters Tender Plants Indoors Region: North Carolina Hydrangeas Hummingbirder Dog Lover
Container Gardener Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Butterflies Tropicals Ponds
LOL, thanks Lin, I forgot about those statues.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Image
Jun 5, 2016 6:34 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Central Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Hummingbirder Tropicals Bromeliad
Foliage Fan Aroids Orchids Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias Container Gardener
I hope I'm not too late

http://www.washingtonoaks.org/
Washington Oaks State park
Beautiful rose garden, nice and shady, just take some bug spray this time of year since it is on the river.

There is also a nice plant nursery off A1A in Palm Coast - Hammock Gardens Nursery & Landscape
Image
Jun 5, 2016 8:14 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: Ukraine Region: United States of America Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
I agree with Sherri, Washington Oaks State Park is another really beautiful garden to visit, both intracoastal and Atlantic ocean side. No gardens on the east side but the ocean views are amazing and if it's low tide, a beautiful place to take a stroll on the beach! It's one of my favorite places although since we've moved farther south I doubt I'll ever get up there anymore. Sad

I've passed by Hammock Gardens Nursery many times as we've driven along A1A but never visited ... always wanted to stop but hubby was always in a hurry.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.
  • Started by: IbisFla
  • Replies: 8, views: 799
Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Rozanne"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.