Sunday, June 17, 2012

Allerton Garden

Cory and I went to the Allerton Garden today, which is part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.  It was a 2.5 hour guided tour of the grounds.  We had already been to the McBryde Garden which is a self-guided tour, so we were excited to do something new!  Plus, it is free for residents on Sundays.

Our tour guide was an avocado farmer!  He said he came here for a 5 day camping trip 40 years ago and never left.

The gardens were broken up into "rooms" -- but not actual rooms built with typical materials.  Different types of plants such as palm trees or bamboo were used to create walls of separation between different parts of the garden.  Each "room" had some sort of water feature that used the natural run-off.  There were also several sculptures throughout the gardens.  The creator of the garden studied art in Europe for many years (in the 1930's I think) before designing this garden.

We also learned that most of the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides" was shot here!  So was part of Jurassic Park.

It was very beautiful and an enjoyable tour!

 These are the trees that were used for filming Jurassic Park! 
 Here we are standing in the roots of the Jurassic Park trees!  They were enormous! The roots are bigger than us!
 The Mermaid Fountain 

 Interesting twisting vines around this tree.

Lotus flower.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!  Here is the link to the website in-case anyone wants more information!

- Emilie

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