FAQ

Guest Considerations 

  • You are welcome to walk on the grass but please do not climb garden structures or trees.
  • Public restrooms are located in the Garden House Welcome Center, behind the pavilion in the Idea Garden and in the building next to the Butterfly Garden.
  • Vending machines are located in the Garden House Welcome Center.
  • Water features are for reflection only.
  • Pets, jogging, skating and bicycles are not permitted.
  • In the event of threatening weather, please refer to your map or Gardens’ staff will direct you to shelter.
  • Our flowers are happy here, please don’t take them home.
  • Trash cans and recycle bins are located throughout the Gardens. Please recycle when possible.

Is there a place to purchase lunch?
We do not currently have a café on site. There are many local restaurants in the neighborhood that serve delicious meals.

Can we bring food?
Yes, we allow small bag lunches on the patio of the Garden House Welcome Center. It is first come first serve.

Can we bring our dog?
Leu Gardens does not allow guests to bring pets into the Gardens. Service animals are always allowed.

How many people work here?
We have a team of seven horticulturists that maintain the fifty acres here at Harry P. Leu Gardens.

How long should we plan for our visit?
It would be very difficult to see our diverse collection of more than 12,000 plants in one visit. Depending on the time of year, we often recommend a two-hour visit with expected return visits again and again. Here are our recommendations for visiting.

One-Hour Visit

  • As you leave the Garden House Welcome Center, walk out toward the Gardens crossing the bridge and continuing to the Idea Garden.
  • Enter the Idea Garden, pass through the Courtyard Gazebo and proceed out to the open lawn with the seven pieces of sculpture by Florida artist Peter Oftinoski.
  • As you leave this garden, continue out to the main path and at the large brick circle turn right down the pathway.  On your left you will enter the pathway just after the white picket fence to visit the Vegetable Garden and Butterfly Garden.
  • From this point, we would recommend checking to see if it is close to the time for a tour of the Leu House Museum.  These tours last approximately 25 minutes and are offered on the hour and at 30 minutes after the hour.
  • After your tour, walk due west to the Rose Garden and enjoy one of Florida’s largest formal rose gardens.
  •  It is probably time for you to start making your way back now, but don’t forget to plan your next visit!

Two-Hour Visit

  • A two-hour time frame should give you time to visit all of the different gardens with a brief walk through the South woods.
  • During the winter months, December through March, you will want to spend considerable time viewing the historic camellia collection in the South Woods.  Stop to appreciate the different colors, shapes and sizes of the third largest camellia collection in the United States.
  • Make sure to visit the Leu House Museum on the hour and 30 minutes after the hour for a complimentary tour.  The last tour of the day is at 3:30 p.m.
  • As you explore further in the Gardens, we recommend visiting the Palm and Bamboo gardens near the Floral Clock.  These gardens feature a diverse collection of really interesting plants not usually seen in Central Florida.