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Hollis Gardens in Lakeland Florida.


JayW

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Ok, since I'm about to post a LOT of pics... I'm not going to label them all (also because there are a few that I'm not certain on the exact species).

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enjoyable pix,those pale blue bizzies contrast nicely with the surrounding greeenery.what is the history of this garden,please,for those of us who are not from the area...

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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what is the history of this garden,please,for those of us who are not from the area...

Sure, hope this helps...

Hollis Garden is a formal 1.2 acre botanical garden donated to the City by the Hollis Family. The garden is located on historic Lake Mirror accessible from the Lake Mirror Promenade or Orange Street.

The garden contains several water features and displays thousands of flowering plants, ornamental shrubs, historic trees, herbs and vegetables. The garden may be rented for weddings.

http://vtgcrec.ifas.ufl.edu/pages/hollis_gardens-3-03.htm

http://www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec/Parks/HollisGarden.html

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thanks,jay.very nice garden indeed.

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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Hollis Gardens is still a great place to visit.  I mentioned this garden in the Remarkable palms of Tampa Bay thread.  Since it has been over a decade since @JayW posted this thread, here are some update pictures of the gardens, the Lake Mirror promenade and the surrounding parks and buildings:

There are a lot of Archontophoenix here.  Most are flowering and there are piles of seeds under them:

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Another Lakeland favorite that is really starting to grow on me, Dypsis leptocheilos:

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There are a few large Dypsis decaryi here as well

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Old school favorites are present as well.  First up, Phoenix reclinata.  In the second and third pictures, you can probably see the trunk that grew down to the ground and then back up putting off an aerial branch.

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Looks like the palm on the right could use some TLC and temporary shade.

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Silver Bismarckias small and large:

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Lots of Livisonas border the promenade:

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Got to love a rock garden:

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Chamaerops with multiple trunks:

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Some of the few remaining healthy Phoenix dactylifera:

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Looking across the lake, there are a few very tall Washingtonia robusta towering over the buildings.

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Phoenix rupicola could use some fertilizer.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Upon entering the main gate, you can walk to the left to see some of the nicest features.

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The fountain and main walking area from the main gate.

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Sea grapes over 30 feet high

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I love this area.  The stone, water features, shade... just perfect.

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There are a lot of silver saw palmetto here:

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A very large cactus on top of the stones:

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The gardens do a fantastic job of mixing temperate species like maples in with the tropical foliage:

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Rhapidophyllum hystrix:

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Not sure on this one.  Perhaps Sabal louisiana.

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A giant Bird of Paradise:

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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If you are into Espalier:

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A lot of bamboo present:

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The area near the Koi pond:

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Very large bananas:

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Love the water features:

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Not sure on this tree:

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Caryotas greet you in the parking lot and in the gardens near the bananas:

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Cycads near the entrance:

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Desert flora:

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Butterfly garden:

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Some of the more colorful plantings:

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Some of the young plants outside the garden:

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Enjoying fall:

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A view of the garden lake:

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Some of the flower gardens near the promenade:

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Lush green foliage:

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Some of the views from the garden:

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Edible landscaping:

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Screw pine:

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Old man palm Coccothrinax crinita:

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Looking toward the exit...

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Hope you enjoyed!

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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What a beautiful, formal garden.  I would have never known it existed.  Thank you both for sharing.  Some impressive zone 10 stuff for Lakeland, although that is less surprising now than when the thread was started.

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I think that palm that looks like it needs a little shelter is Satakentia Jeremy.

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2 minutes ago, palmsOrl said:

I think that palm that looks like it needs a little shelter is Satakentia Jeremy.

The one in front and to the right looks like Satakentia.  Not sure about the one in back and to the left.

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USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Beautiful photos all.  Really enjoyed the caryotas and also the shaded stone garden area.  I am missing my dose of Florida beauty as I normally vacation there twice a year.

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A Facebook video about some of the fruit trees at Hollis Gardens:

https://www.facebook.com/LakelandGov/videos/4116086461817319/

The jackfruit tree is probably the one of the most interest, and it shows at ~2:10 in this video.

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USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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On 10/15/2021 at 8:03 PM, RedRabbit said:

I visited today, this place is great. Lots of palms, very well maintained, and scenic right on the lake. 

Did you happen to run across this one?  I think Kerriodoxa elegans

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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21 minutes ago, kinzyjr said:

Did you happen to run across this one?  I think Kerriodoxa elegans

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I don’t recall seeing that one. Do you know how many species they have there?

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4 hours ago, RedRabbit said:

I don’t recall seeing that one. Do you know how many species they have there?

This one was on the outside of the garden near the parking garage.  Here's what I know they have:

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We might be able to add a few if you remember seeing any other species of Archontophoenix (possibly maxima there?) or can ID either of these.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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1 hour ago, kinzyjr said:

This one was on the outside of the garden near the parking garage.  Here's what I know they have:

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We might be able to add a few if you remember seeing any other species of Archontophoenix (possibly maxima there?) or can ID either of these.

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Not a bad collection! I don’t recall seeing more than that there.

Regarding the pictures, I’m thinking the first one isn’t a palm and I’m not sure what the second one could be. Both are neat specimens!

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I believe the first palm pictured above with the thin trunk and split leaves is Chamaedorea ernesti augustii and the second Pelagodoxa mesocarpa.

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@Hurricanepalms Thanks for the ID assistance!

@RedRabbit They finished doing the GIS of the garden. 

https://lakelandflorida.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=ceb70c93127c47239300fa348fc2536b#

There is a lot that escapes the eye when you cram all those plants into 1.2 acres apparently.  A few that caught my eye paging through:

  • #66 - Euterpe edulis
  • #78 - Artocarpus heterophyllus - Jackfruit
  • #85 - Kigelia africana - Sausage Tree
  • #89 - Linospadix monostachyos - Walking Stick Palm
  • #91 - Neoveitchia brunnea - Devil Palm
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USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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11 minutes ago, D. Morrowii said:

Wow that GIS map is pretty cool. Do any other gardens use GIS for ID?

I'm not sure if any of the other palm gardens do this.  The city is currently working on the Lake Wire Palm Collection.

They have a GIS map of our Flowering Tree Garden at Lake Morton done: https://lakelandflorida.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=064581415a6b41df972a9dcbd9ca9377#

@DoomsDave Sent me some Bauhinia galpinii seeds recently.  I can remember him asking if we had these here and I wasn't sure.  Now I can answer "Yes" definitively as it is #43 on the Flowering Tree app.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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13 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

@Hurricanepalms Thanks for the ID assistance!

@RedRabbit They finished doing the GIS of the garden. 

https://lakelandflorida.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=ceb70c93127c47239300fa348fc2536b#

There is a lot that escapes the eye when you cram all those plants into 1.2 acres apparently.  A few that caught my eye paging through:

  • #66 - Euterpe edulis
  • #78 - Artocarpus heterophyllus - Jackfruit
  • #85 - Kigelia africana - Sausage Tree
  • #89 - Linospadix monostachyos - Walking Stick Palm
  • #91 - Neoveitchia brunnea - Devil Palm

That’s neat, thanks for sharing. I’m surprised they’re trying to grow a sausage tree there, I don’t think I’ve even seen out outside of Miami. I’ll be interested to see how it does!

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15 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

I'm not sure if any of the other palm gardens do this.  The city is currently working on the Lake Wire Palm Collection.

They have a GIS map of our Flowering Tree Garden at Lake Morton done: https://lakelandflorida.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=064581415a6b41df972a9dcbd9ca9377#

@DoomsDave Sent me some Bauhinia galpinii seeds recently.  I can remember him asking if we had these here and I wasn't sure.  Now I can answer "Yes" definitively as it is #43 on the Flowering Tree app.

Cool! I never thought of training one as a standard; their natural habit is sort of a "vining shrub." (The one in the picture looks like it was grafted onto another Bauhinia trunk.) I think you'll find them relatively easy to grow, but remember the thick roots. That will matter as they tend to bust through pots when they get older. One really good thing is they're tough and they'll take quite a bit of drought.

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There was a minor correction to #91 (now #90).  There were spines on it, which means it was not Neoveitchia brunnea.  It's now Aiphanes horrida.  Hope I got that one right.  If not, feel free to chime in.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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19 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

There was a minor correction to #91 (now #90).  There were spines on it, which means it was not Neoveitchia brunnea.  It's now Aiphanes horrida.  Hope I got that one right.  If not, feel free to chime in. ...

Correct.

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Sausage Tree was flowering when I looked at it today:

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Jackfruit is fruiting again:

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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UF/IFAS and City of Lakeland Water Utilities hosted a Walk and Talk tour at Hollis Gardens for folks interested in learning about palm horticulture:

https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/calendar/event/247-lakeland-learn-and-grow-palm-walk-and-talk/

Here are a few photos from the event:

The presentation portion of the event was headlined by UF/IFAS:

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A guided tour by the Hollis staff:

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Attendees received a tote bag, courtesy of the City...

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...and abundant literature concerning proper palm care as well as water conservation measures:

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USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Happy Halloween at Hollis:

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A little less scary - Archontophoenix flowering at the entrance:

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USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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I just visited here today and caught a few rarer things. 
 

Licuala grandis

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Pinanga coronata (kuhlii form)

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