Horticulturists, garden hobbyists and casual flower lovers will enjoy the ranger led tour of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park's formal gardens on Saturday, September 14, 2014. The guided walk will meander though the 20 acres of cultivated gardens within the park to learn about the various flower and plant species growing there.
Louise and Owen Young established the gardens when they purchased the land in 1936 to build a winter retirement home on the property. In 1965 they donated most of the land to the state of Florida who has continued to nurture and maintain the formal gardens for visitors to enjoy.
Native and exotic species, from azaleas, camellias and roses to the colorful bird of paradise, are found within the scenic oak hammock situated between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the intracoastal waterway to the west. The massive Washington Oak stands at the center of gardens. Estimated to be between 200 and 300 years old the majestic oak has withstood forces of nature over the years and continues provide shade to garden visitors.
Bring a camera, sunscreen, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes for an easy stroll along the footpaths among the flowers and reflecting ponds. The walk begins at the greenhouse at 11:00 a.m. on September 14, 2013. After the tour stop by the Friends of Washington Oaks' Second Saturday Plant Sale to take home a plant or two.
For more information about the park please visit the Washington Oaks Gardens State Park website.