Sunday, 20 May 2012

Restoriang the Nehrling Gardens in Gotha, Florida

Henry Nehrling (from Nehrling Gardens)
Another garden restoration story, but this time form the other side of the Atlantic.  According to ClickOrlando the historic garden of Palm Cottage Gardens, which is the  former home of famed horticulturist Henry Nehrling, is on a fundraising drive in order to restore the gardens.

Site Plan (from Nehrling Gardens)
According to Nehrling Gardens - there is much more on the man and his gardens on the website - Henry purchased the property in 1885 and established a garden where he could experiment with tropical and subtropical plants year round. He quickly transformed the property in to a working laboratory, testing more than 3,000 plants for the USDA.

The house & garden today (from Nehrling Gardens
After Henry's death in 1929, the 60-acre property changed hands several times.  Although on the National Register of Historic Places, the estate, which now stands at 6 acres, is in need of repair and restoration - and of course, funds.

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