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Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens

August 9, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

overhead view of Cedar Lakes Woods and GardensVisit Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens only if you’re not opposed to having your breath taken away. This incredible North Florida attraction includes more than 50 separate gardens with cascading waterfalls, koi ponds, swans, and endless stunning views.

Had you visited the site of Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens as recently as 1990, you would have found not a series of gorgeous botanical gardens but a polluted swamp in the remains of an abandoned lime rock quarry. That’s what Dr. Raymond Webber found when he discovered the property.

Luckily for all of us, however, Webber could imagine beyond the 110-year old abandoned quarry. Over two decades of hard work followed. Quarry walls were lined with concrete and rock planters, stones were stacked for walkways and walls. Islands, pools, and cascading waterfalls were created. Pavilions, gazebos, concrete walkways, and bridges of Brazilian walnut.

Though his vision evolved as he made it reality, in 2014 the gates opened on a space transformed.

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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – the Southeast’s Largest Herb Garden

November 22, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Bamboo Grove Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Looking up in the bamboo grove at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

If you, like so many visitors to Florida, are fascinated by the local vegetation and what can be grown here, you owe it to yourself to visit Gainesville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens! Kanapaha is not only home to the biggest herb garden in the southeast, it also has Florida’s largest public display of live bamboo!

Perhaps we here at Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast are biased. Our Gainesville area inn is surrounded by 60 acres of open field and the shores of a natural cypress lake – Hampton Lake.

We feel lucky, surrounded by so much natural beauty. Many of our guests seem to feel the same, spending much of their time enjoying the lake and open fields around our B&B.

If this sounds like you, you’re going to have a great time in Florida¬† – and we recommend making some time for a visit to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

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Discover The Past At Dudley Farm Historic State Park

January 22, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Dudley Farm Historic State ParkDudley Farm is both a Historic State Park and a working farm in North Central Florida. The 1880’s homestead includes original buildings and staff in period clothing demonstrating the evolution of Florida farming.

The Dudley family moved from Charleston, SC to North Central Florida in the mid-1800s, establishing what we know today as Dudley Farm. In reality, Dudley “farm” was a significant crossroads community. 18 buildings were constructed on the 640-acre property between the 1880s and 1945, including a general store and post office.

Dudley Farm Historic State Park retains 325 of these original 640 acres. The many buildings found here are restored, not recreated. Along with the expected farmhouse, stables, and barns, Dudley Farm also boasted a kitchen outbuilding. Other unique structures on the site include a canning house, a syrup house and mill, dairy shed, and a tobacco barn.

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