“If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep” ~
~ Will Rogers (American entertainer, famous for his pithy and homespun humour, 1879-1935) ~
Reflections in Howell Creek inside Mead Gardens, Winter Park along with the Cypress Knees ~
MEAD GARDENS ~
Flourishing in Winter Park, amid homes, businesses and academic environments, is Mead Garden. This park, dedicated in 1940, began as about 50 acres of upland hammocks and lower wetlands, with streams lakes and ponds in their natural state.
Theodore L. Mead, was a world-renowned horticulturist who grew orchids and developed new varieties of caladiums, rare ferns, bromeliads, and many more. After his death in 1936, two of his friends, Jack Connery, who Mead had met as an Eagle Scout, and Dr. Edwin Grover, philanthropist, civic leader and Professor of Books at Rollins College, sought a location not only to house Mead's orchids, but also to develop a botanical garden in his name and memory. A sizable area bordering Pennsylvania Avenue, in which Howell Creek connects Lake Sue and Lake Virginia, seemed ideal. This lush habitat hosted an abundance of wildlife, including herons and egrets nesting around Lake Lillian as well as small waterfalls created by a nine-foot drop between the two lakes in this pristine, wild expanse. The land covers 70 acres at the present time.