Week 21 – #47 The S Curve

47 - The S curveThe walkway S curves between the palms.   This is a view of the Palm Tree Walk in McKee Botanical Garden, which is a private, not for profit garden at the southern part of Vero Beach, Florida.  It is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places.  There are gorgeous bridges both stone and bamboo that are used for wedding photography.   Also some bamboo building and a beautiful wooden hall called the Hall of Giants.  It is a lovely and peaceful place to visit if you are on the other coast.

Taking the following information from their website –

In 1922, the McKee-Sexton Land Company was established in Vero Beach, Florida. This partnership purchased an 80-acre tropical hammock along the Indian River in 1929 and McKee Jungle Gardens was born.

With the help of landscape architect William Lyman Phillips, now known as the pioneer of tropical landscape architecture, the basic infrastructure of streams, ponds and trails was designed. Native vegetation was augmented with ornamental plants and seeds from around the world as Arthur G. McKee and Waldo E. Sexton set about assembling one of the most outstanding collections of water lilies and orchids.

By the 1940’s more than 100,000 tourists were visiting McKee Jungle Gardens each year, making it one of Florida’s most popular attractions. In the early 1970’s, attendance dwindled due to competition from new large-scale attractions and the garden was forced to close its doors in 1976.

The land was sold and all but 18 acres were developed. The remaining acreage, zoned for additional development, sat vacant for twenty years.  The Garden held its formal Dedication November, 2001.


5 thoughts on “Week 21 – #47 The S Curve

    1. This garden was very peaceful. There is going to be a sculpture exhibit there starting in Jan for 3 months – so no weddings can be booked there – too bad. There are lots of spots for those special wedding shots. Of course it is too far away for me to visit very often.

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