Soothe the senses… The Memorial Gardens, our urban oasis–are a lush, tropical rainforest nestled into the heart of the Ormond beachside adjoining the Museum. They feature native and exotic plants, water features including tranquil ponds and a relaxing waterfall, artisan-designed walkways and a stately gazebo. Visitors can enjoy the solitude of a quiet bench or nook, or walk the labyrinth inside the gazebo.
Designed by noted Belgian-trained Chicago landscape architect, Henry Stockman in the 1940s, the gardens feature both manicured landscape and natural areas. Numerous weddings are held in this magnificent setting.
Situated on approximately 2.5 acres at the southeast corner of Granada Boulevard between Seton Trail and Halifax Drive on Ormond’s beachside, a separate fund-raising drive that was spear-headed by Mrs. Mary Jane McSwain and Mrs. Eileen Butts–a former director of the Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials–produced sufficient funds to hire Henry Stockman to design the gardens.
Built on what was once a sand dune, the gardens are natural ground that was gently developed into a park. Natural depressions were made into ponds, and visitors can climb the steps near the waterfall to the seemingly highest elevation in Ormond Beach.
Although the gardens are located in the heart of the city, walking the paths gives the feeling of being in a lush tropical rain forest–truly a hidden gem in the heart of Ormond Beach.
The gardens contain five ponds that are home to numerous turtles, frogs and fish. Aquatic plants such as water lilies and water lettuces offer food, shade and natural cleansing within the ponds. Look for marginal bog plants such as papyrus, bananas, ginger lilies and wild flowers, which flourish near the three ponds that were formed by natural depressions.
The gardens are maintained by Garden Artisan, Janett Taylor. Ms. Taylor has dedicated more than 35 years to caring for the gardens–a true labor of love. Visit today and be enchanted!
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