Cedar Lakes Woods And Gardens

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Cedar Lakes Woods And Gardens

Cedar Lakes Woods And Gardens
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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We are a botanical garden set in a 100 year old limerock quarry. We offer guided tours included in admission and offer discounted rates for children, groups and active duty military. We have hundreds of plants species, dozens of gardens and several waterfalls, bridges and simply breathtaking views. As a non-profit we strive to educate our guests and promote sustainability and conservation.
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khuberno
New Orleans, LA9 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Such a fantastic spot. Do not miss this! Stopped over from Tampa to New Orleans. We will be back. The trails are well laid out. Beautiful botanical garden.
Written June 8, 2022
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steve
Pontefract, UK12 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This was a lovely couple of hours, spent quietly walking along winding trails, in a beautiful setting, feeling at one with nature (corny I know, but true). We arrived on a Wednesday, they were closed for maintenance but allowed us to walk around, Wednesday is their day for general maintenance and cleaning. The trails are lovely, not suitable for wheelchairs or those that have difficulty walking. The trails are on two levels in concentric meandering circles, over bridges, inclines and steps. Koi carp share the pools with terrapins/turtles, while squirrels and birds of every colour watch on from trees above. This place is truly beautiful and if it can entertain a twenty-two year old gamer, it’s a success.
Written May 25, 2022
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Heather M
Maryland89 contributions
Jan 2022
We stopped here when we were visiting relatives in Bronson and it was a nice outing for my elementary school aged kids, husband, mother-in-law, and me. It was a cool and cloudy January day, but the grounds still had a few flowers and lots of greenery. The staff person at the front desk was friendly and helpful. My kids were enchanted with the bird and cats at the ticketing area. It took us about an hour to walk around and the heights and all the lovely plants were impressive. It looked as though it could be rented out for events, and it would be a cool place to have a large party. It was a little pricey for an hour or two, but we were on vacation, it was green in the middle of winter, and it gave us something to do that both the youngest and oldest members of our party enjoyed. For me, it was well worth the money.
Written May 19, 2022
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Sue B
Homosassa, FL164 contributions
May 2022
Nice quiet gardens as we went as soon as opened, Afternoon was busier. Nice waterfalls, bridges, water area, flowers blooming for this time of season. Wear sturdy comfortable non slip shoes as this is built in an area with some uneven paths. Needs some TLC with spring cleanup and planting and workers were there doing that. Peaceful place would be great for volunteer gardeners and floral students to get hands on experience. We enjoyed walking the paths finding different blooming flowers. Watching the swan, birds, turtles and fish, and the cows outside the park. Take a picnic lunch and spend some time.
Written May 10, 2022
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Amy J
Jacksonville, FL14 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
What a delightful day!! The gardens are beautiful! Blooming, colorful flowers popping out everywhere! The grounds are kept in a manicured but natural state, which are well cared for. Paths are well designed to experience the beauty of the water and plant life. It was fun experience to meander through all the trails. The waterfalls, old trees, pet cemetery and additional gardens made it a interesting, enjoyable experience.
Written May 8, 2022
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Marty A
6 contributions
May 2022
What a disappointment this was! They charge $12 to get in and to us it was a waste of money. Doesn't appear to be for any type of upkeep to the garden or the potholed drive to the parking lot. Pond was murky with slim floating in it. Waterfalls appear to be man-made vs. natural. Place looks great online but it's rundown. It took us around an hour to walk the property. I feel like the property needs some TLC. It has potential but isn’t quite there. Many plants and bushes are just sitting in pots waiting to be planted. It doesn't appear anyone associated with the garden cares about anything beyond collecting your money at the entrance. Wish we had looked closer at some of the more recent reviews, because now that we gone and we went back to look at reviews from May and April, it seems that they may have been written by the owner or staff! The pictures on the reviews are stock pictures from their web site and do not reflect the current conditions.

This place is not worth the money of trip!
Written May 7, 2022
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garyleeb2017
Lake City, FL31 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Very unique place!! We visited for the first time during there annual spring festival and had a great time. Plenty of vendors with each having very cool plants and gifts for sale. The gardens were beautiful and loved exploring using the trails. Amazing how much work was done in the past building this landscape! I did expect to see more colorful flowers/plants. Visiting during the festival was great, very busy. I truly believe the gardens would be even more enjoyable without the crowd. Will do again!!
Written May 2, 2022
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Marnette S
Webster, FL1,884 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We live in Central Florida and like to take day trips to areas within two hours driving time that provide recreation, history and beauty. I'd read mixed reviews about the non-profit Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens so we decided to take a trip and make up our own minds.

Do not miss an opportunity to visit this destination which opened to the public in 2014. Yes, the road to and from the venue is a little bumpy but not a big deal if you take it slow. Yes, there are many plants that are growing in 'plastic buckets' but I fail to see that as a criticism. Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens (CL) is 28 miles from Ocala; 24 miles from Gainesville and 20 minutes from I-75 off of Highway 27, a beautiful road through horse country.

Retired dentist, Dr. Ray Webber, discovered the abandoned 110-year-old limestone quarry in 1991 and bought it intending to use it as a giant fishing pond. When active, miners harvested limestone to create the foundation for Highway 27. After paying our $12 entry fee; we used the restroom in the check-in area and started on our way. The gardens are divided into upper and lower levels with numerous places along the way to sit, rest, reflect and take in the beautiful views. The levels are connected by paths, bridges (made of Brazilian walnut) and steps. Near the entrance is a Kid's Garden and Cacti Garden which we did not visit. 50 quaint, separate gardens with numerous waterfalls and koi ponds were created by hand in the abandoned quarry; giant hanging ferns are strategically placed throughout.

Webber and a small group of workers dug out the quarry and every rock was rolled in by wheelbarrow and placed by hand. It is an amazing labor of love to think of the transformation from a polluted, abandoned quarry into lovely, quiet, shady and serene gardens. The quarry walls are lined with concrete and rock planters to create a unique paradise. Azaleas, camellias, bougainvillea, bamboo, roses and bottlebrushes are among the colorful flowers blooming in season.
A 142-year-old bonsai tree is among the many treasured trees on the property. "The trees and topography of the quarry allow temperate and semi-tropical plants to flourish year round."

One of the most dramatic stops is the torii, a traditional Japanese gate which distinguishes the sacred shrine grounds from the human world. Dr. Webber was a world traveler and spent considerable time in Japan, thus the extensive Japanese influence. "He served in the Army for 8 years, was then called up for Desert Shield and Storm in 1990 and 1991 while serving in the reserves." The workers created different names islands throughout the quarry: John's, Gary's. Billy's. The gardens are built into lime rock so there is a steep ramp to access the lower levels. Only a small part of the garden is handicap accessible via a ramp. We enjoyed watching the ducks and Guinevere, the swan, descended from the Queen's Royal English flock. Rising water required placing stepping stones to allow walking to and from the islands.

Dr. Webber lives on the property and his back porch is accessible for all visitors; we did not take advantage of this opportunity. The Orchard Garden is another unique place, home to rose bushes, butterflies and the Pet Cemetery. Each pet grave is marked by a rugged stone cross. At least three cats/dogs died from poisonous snake bites according to their name markers. Lancelot, Guinevere's swan partner, is also buried here.

We tracked our walk on the Strava running app. We covered 1.11 miles with a moving time of about 42 minutes but our total visit time was a little over two hours. It was a wonderful way to get off the grid and enjoy a beautiful destination
To quote Dr. Webber: "Everywhere you look is 'a little slice of heaven.'" Indeed.

If you go: Credit cards are accepted. Bring water and be sure to wear sturdy shoes since the ground is uneven in many places and tree roots are exposed. Bring a lunch; there are picnic tables and pavilions to enjoy a break. Some ice cream novelties are sold in the small gift shop along with few souvenir items. Hours are 9:30-5 six days a week; closed on Wednesdays. CL is open on ALL holidays except for Christmas Day. Ample, free parking. Admission: $12 for ages 13+; $7 for children 6-13; free for children under 5; All Military with ID: $6.00. Groups with 12-25: $11 pp; over 25: $10 pp. Check the calendar for events. The annual Garden Show and Spring Festival - April 30-May 1, 2022; Summer Daze Car Show - June 18, 2022; Christmas in the Quarry - TBD 2022.
Written April 24, 2022
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Gaslamp9
Gainesville, FL469 contributions
Apr 2022
We had a grand time at this attraction. It was easy to locate, opened right on time, and was busy but not overcrowded.

We spent two hours there, and could have spent longer but began to get weary and decided to come back another time.

Still, we were glad to have saved enough energy for a lunch break at Eagle's Landing, which is a turn off on your way out of the gardens. There are picnic tables there, and the view is spectacular!
Written April 23, 2022
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KMW-FL
Port Saint Lucie, FL590 contributions
Apr 2022
Bring your water, a hat, a camera and wear tennis shoes!! These gardens are made inside an old limestone quarry. It took years to build and is now a park that is a non-profit org and conservation site. It was a little in need of some weeding in areas, but probably also has volunteers who do this and with the last two years of covid, I can see why it needs more TLC now. The plants are beautiful that were blooming and at other times of the year, I'm sure there are different ones to catch the eye. We were there for the Reggae concert on the 9th of April. Could hear them playing while we took our walk throughout the gardens. Some of the steps and paths were narrow, and steep. It wasn't wheelchair accessible in most areas (sigh). Glad we found this and look forward to seeing it again when in the area.
Written April 11, 2022
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