The Thornton Park Main Street District hired local plant experts, Seed 2 Source (Website) to redo their tree wells in the neighborhood. Which they've recently done, using drought tolerant species like in the photo below. While there, the crew also...
Editor's Note: I sit on the Board of Trustees for Harry P. Leu Gardens   Harry P. Leu Gardens is 70 percent open following the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma and they are in the process of rallying themselves for...
As mentioned in a recent blog post on the City of Orlando website, the City is looking to transform an empty Downtown lot into a "modern interactive public gathering space." The lot in question sits on the corner of Orange...
WalletHub (Website) the constant list-making resource for last-minute blog posters around the world, has just ranked Orlando as the Third Best City for Vegetarians and Vegans in the United States. The list, based on a 2016 Harris Poll paid for...
The City of Orlando has released a Debris Collection by Neighborhood map that shares how the cleanup is progressing thus far. Scroll below to see the map for yourself   Debris collectionbyneighborhoodsmap2017 7 from Brendan O'Connor
Original estimates on the damage Leu Gardens experienced from Hurricane Irma seem to have been drastically low-balled. Leu Gardens Director Robert Bowden told his Board of Directors early Wednesday morning that his staff has performed a comprehensive inventory of the...
The City of Orlando has just released an update on what to expect from the upcoming hurricane cleanup process. According to a release from the City, they are cleaning up more yard debris than they would normally handle in over...
UPDATE: If you have not registered ahead of time for the cleanup event HERE. You will be turned away at the gates. They are at capacity (which is a great problem to have). As we wrote last week, the Harry...
Leu Gardens (Website) has been heavily damaged from the recent Hurricane Irma. Due to what appears to have been some sort of microburst/tornado occurrence, dozens of trees have been leveled and the historic Leu House has also been damaged. The Director...
As of Tuesday, August 15 the new Winter Park Orchard Supply Hardware (Website) is in a soft opening phase. We shared the news ofthe Lowes-owned chain popping up in the former Eat More Produce site at 1111 S. Orlando Avenue ...
"Has anybody asked you about the two mounds of dirt that are at the old cemetery across from Johnny's filling station? Did they exhume a person(s)?" - Eric Rollings The Orange Hill Cemetery is located across Michigan Street from popular...
We've been following the Corrine situation since 2015 when we wished for a "Calmer Corrine" in our I Wish This Was ... column. Since then, MetroPlan Orlando has launched a Complete Streets project that could reshape the contentious corridor into something...
This four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home was originally built by Kiehl and Stevens, Inc. in 1925 and is a National Historic site, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. The 5,628 SF S. Howard Atha...
FDOT and the I-4 Ultimate work crews planted their first tree in late May. It also got 20 identical neighbors, signifying the beginning of the gradual landscaping efforts to come along the 21-mile interstate project. The $2.3 billion project has...
Mayor Buddy Dyer declared on May 16, that the City would remove a Confederate statue from Lake Eola Park, in favor of placing it in "a more appropriate location" at Greenwood Cemetery. Greenwood Cemetery (Facebook | Website) is Orlando's only...
The City of Orlando is looking to fill a currently vacant position at the Harry P. Leu Gardens (Facebook | Website), that of Assistant Director. The Assistant Director is a professional-level administrative role that assists the Executive Director in the...
After more than 80 years in business, Blodgett Gardens (Website) is closing its College Park location by the middle of this month. Blodgett Gardens co-owner Nick Francisco, whose grandfather began selling plants at the same location in 1936, told Bungalower...
The night-blooming cereus is a type of epiphytic cactui that grows in trees, and as the name states, they only open at night. The cactus itself is long and skinny, with beard-like roots hanging downwards to absorb moisture from the...
Rent the Chicken (Website) is a new service that rents everything you need to have backyard chickens, without any of the guess work. The service provides a portable chicken coop, two to four egg-laying hens, 100-200 pounds of feed, food and...
  I Wish This Was is a monthly series that transforms ignored, vacant lots and properties in Orlando into something the City Beautiful can be proud of. This series is made possible by our partnership with Interstruct Inc., a leading design...
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House in College Park has finally opened. We first wrote about the new innovative learning hub HERE in 2015 and again HERE in 2016. The 3,500 SF Kitchen House (Website) was created as a community hub...
A pop-up plant shop will be opening in the former home of Fairwater Florist, at 985 W. Fairbanks Avenue , featuring all-native plants. Horticulturalist and Landscaper, Amanda Martin, is the owner and operator of Grounded Solutions, Inc. (Website), which offers...
Wildflower Farm (Facebook) is a homestead farm in East Orlando that raises free-range chickens, grows vegetables and citrus, and makes their own soaps and cheese from their American Alpine dairy goats. Every so often, Orlandoans also have the opportunity...
Keep Winter Park Beautiful (Website) and Winter Park Blooms will be selling caladium bulbs at the Winter Park Farmers Market throughout March and April between 8 a.m. and noon. They will not be at the market on March 18. Funds from...
The next Movie Night in Leu Gardens is on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at 1920 N. Forest Avenue . The outdoor movie this month will be Jurassic Park. Attendees are asked to bring their own blankets or chairs, and dinner...