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#34 The Cummer Gardens

Apr

26

Italian Fountain, recast in 2001 by Marble Studio Stagetti in Pietrasanta, Italy, April 2004. Photograph courtesy of Mick Hales, Greenworld Pictures Inc.

“Sitting in the garden is so peaceful and the view of the river is really beautiful”  –Katie Horton Taylor

“About 5 years ago, my husband proposed to me in the garden area under the covering of the building on a rainy day and it was beautiful….”  –Brooke Rojas

The Cummer Gardens are a rare thing of beauty, set in the heart of Jacksonville.  Historically preserved since they were managed by the Museum’s founder, Ninah May Holden Cummer, they are still true to the design she left.  The Gardens feature an English and an Italian formal garden with a green lawn in between.  They are unique examples of early 20th Century garden design, and have been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.   The Cummer Oak, one of the most striking features of the Gardens, boasts the title of being one of the oldest trees in Jacksonville at approximately 200 years old.  It is a live oak tree with a canopy of over 150 ft.  Words, however, do not do the Gardens justice, so here are some more pictures!

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