Harry P. Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Address 1920 North Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL   32803
Link http://www.leugardens.org
Phone (407) 246-2620
Email robert.bowden@cityoforlando.net
Hours of Operation

Leu Gardens is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, closed December 25.

Last admission is at 4:30 p.m.

Daytime garden admission includes the gardens and Leu House Museum. Special rates are available for groups and schools.

The gardens are self-guided. A map may be obtained at the Garden House Welcome Center.

The first Monday of each month is free admission.

Early Closing Dates
Friday, October 24, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. with last admission at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. with last admission at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. with last admission at 2:30 p.m.

The Leu House Museum, located in the gardens, is open for guided tours on the hour and half hour starting at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. The Leu House Museum is closed the month of July due to restoration.

About the Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens features three miles of paved scenic walkways that take you through fifty acres of southern styled gardens including:
  • America's largest Camellia collection outside California
  • Three acres of idea gardens for weekend projects
  • The largest formal rose garden in Florida. 
  • A house museum dating from the 1880's. 
  • Two acre Tropical Stream Garden
  • Vegetable and Herb Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Palm, bamboo and cycad gardens
Leu Gardens is a botanical oasis that demonstrates plant materials suitable for cultivation in Orlando, Florida (USDA Zone 9b). The climate of Central Florida permits Leu Gardens to grow and enjoy a wide array of temperate and tropical pants. However,the summer heat and very mild winters prevents us fromgrowing plants very common in gardens in more northern areas of the United States. The possibility of infrequent frosts in winter also challenges our selection of semi-tropical and tropical plants for use in permanent outdoor displays.
Discover palms, cycads and flowering trees. Enjoy azaleas, vines, bromeliads, orchids and aroids. Smile at the sight of familiar annual flowers and the beauty of roses and camellias. Stroll under the awe-inspiring branches of camphor trees, elms and oaks.

About the Camellia Collection
Total number of camellia plants:   2,500
Number of distinct camellia cultivars or species: 650

The foundation of this collection is the varieties of Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua originally planted by Mr. Leu. Today, more than 2000 plants and 230+ cultivars are displayed throughout the gardens. This collection ranks among the largest in the United States and is one of the largest documented collections in the Southeast.