The 2017 Private Gardens of Historic Orlando Featuring Lake Eola Heights Historic District
Thank you for participating in the eighth bi-annual tour of The Private Gardens of Historic Orlando featuring Lake Eola Heights. For those of you, who have attended before, welcome back! And for those visiting for the first time, we are happy to share Orlando’s largest locally registered historic district and the first to be on National Register of Historic Places!
You may begin the tour wherever you wish. The 10 gardens on display are identified on the map in this brochure and by colorful banners in the parkway at each location. Visit as many as you wish. The tour begins at noon and ends at 5:00 pm.
All of the Gardens on today’s tour offer something special, which may inspire you with ideas for your own garden or may simply provide you with an enjoyable day in a beautiful setting. Stroll along beautiful brick streets dappled by sunlight that has been filtered through a veil of oak boughs and Spanish moss. Downtown homes often have small back yards. Some of the gardens highlighted on today’s tour are wonderful examples of how to turn these jewel box spaces into beautiful outdoor rooms. Other gardens have been included because of the creative way various elements have been incorporated into the garden. Because these gardens are such treasures, we couldn’t resist the gemstone analogy in the garden descriptions. There are also wonderful examples of how to bring the calming and recuperative effects of water into the garden ranging from fountains to swimming pools!
The jewel tones of artist Diane Martens’ own multi-faceted perennial garden, which is on display today, inspired her to capture the artwork incorporated into the tour’s banner, posters and brochures.
We hope you will enjoy today’s tour and comeback next year. And thank you for your support of this event. The proceeds that are generated from the Garden Tour will be used to support the neighborhood association, Orange Preservation Trust and the Central Florida Sunshine Flutes.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
We are so happy you are interested in the tour! Garden Central is where you start. It is located at the Handy Pantry, a small convenience store located in the heart of Eola Heights at 522 E. Amelia Street, Orlando, FL 32803. There you will find your printed tour brochure and a map of all the gardens! In the meantime, please click http://mapq.st/1FH1J0o to view the map of the gardens online.
We have several viable options available for parking this year:
The empty lot on the Southwest corner of Broadway and Amelia (across from Broadway Methodist Church at 406 E. Amelia) is free for parking, but is first come first serve. It is only one block from Garden Central and the church has graciously opened their restrooms to the public for us.
Alternatively, the $5 pay lot at the Day Building (across Robinson Street from Panera Bread at 605 E. Robinson Street) will be open. This lot is one block away from Gardens 5, 6, and 7 and only 1.5 blocks from Garden 8 if one wanted to start there.
Lastly, there is always available street parking in the neighborhood. Watch for city parking signs as some streets have specific parking rules.