I gave you a photo tour of McKee Botanical gardens a couple of days ago, but I only mentioned the Dr. Seuss art exhibit they hosted for several months. The history of this garden is rather interesting and I thought I'd share it with you. If you go to their website you can see photos from back in their hay-day in the 40's when tourists flocked to this place.
The garden consisted of 80 acres in 1929 when it was first established. It was THE hot spot, both literally and figuratively, in Vero Beach, Florida.
Some fun facts:
The entrance to the garden is a large, tunnel-like covered walkway with loads of flowering and very fragrant vines growing on lattice-like material. It's the coolest place here, both temperature-wise and as a stunning feature of the park.
There are outbuildings made of bamboo grown right here at the garden. I love this roof on the gazebo!
There used to be many exotic animals living in the gardens. Monkeys, chimps, bears and parrots roamed almost freely often interacting with visitors. Ah, the days of no frivolous lawsuits!
There was even a Seminole Indian family living within the gardens.
You can get lost --or maybe that's just me--- strolling along the intricate mazes. Streams and ponds inter-planted with native and exotic tropical plants from all over the world make it fun to do so.