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  • Golf Destination Close to Orlando’s Famous Gardens

    Explore Orlando From Premier Central Florida Golf Resort

    Mission Inn Resort and Club, is a renowned golf destination close to Orlando’s famous gardens in Central Florida.

    And just under an hour away is the Harry P. Leu House and Gardens, an exquisite property featuring gardens that began as seeds that the owners brought back from their travels. What a wonderful way to collect souvenirs!

    Sometimes it’s photos for the scrap book
    For others, it’s t-shirts
    Or goofy fridge magnets

    There are all kinds of travel keepsakes, but did you ever hear of travel mementos that are shared with the public? A visit to Harry P. Leu House and Gardens will delight you with these unique travelers’ keepsakes that continue to bring blooming joy to visitors to the Orlando area.

    Visit Harry P. Leu House and Gardens Just an Hour Away

    Harry Leu was an extremely successful owner of an industrial supply company. He and his wife Mary Ann traveled extensively and gathered seeds and small plants wherever they visited.

    In 1935 they bought the farmhouse and land at 1920 North Forest Avenue and planted the various plants and seeds in the grounds around their home. In 1961 the Leus deeded the home with its grand gardens to the City of Orlando.

    Now a museum, the picturesque home facing Lake Rowena is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    You can tour it on your own or in a group under the direction of a docent. The surrounding gardens bursting with colour and diversity annually draw travelers from all over the world. Covering over 50 acres the gardens include different flowers, plants, trees, herbs, and vegetables, all in various themed collections such as the Azalea collection, Bamboo collection or Tropical Stream Garden. With more than 12,000 plants on site as well as the museum, it’s best to plan for a good two hour visit.

    Relaxing Golf Resort Close to Orlando

    After you’ve toured the Harry P. Leu House and Gardens, come back to Mission Inn, your golf resort destination close to Orlando, and unwind with a refreshing cocktail or other beverage at one of the onsite lounges.

    Missioin Inn Resort near Orlando Florida

    Head out to the fairway for some great golf! Mission Inn boasts two award winning courses El Campeón and Las Colinas which both provide challenge and interesting layouts.

    Later, enjoy some creative cuisine in one of the superb fine dining and casual restaurants at Mission Inn. How about crab stuffed shrimp or sumptuous surf ‘n turf? With gorgeous lakeside and golf course views, it’s the perfect ending to your Florida day.

    A visit to the Harry P. Leu estate is a reminder of the power of something small. The planting of seeds years ago has resulted in a magnificent garden legacy for visitors to the Orlando area to enjoy for years to come.

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