Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Jacksonville, Florida: Cummer Gardens

Overlooking the Saint Johns River, the Cummer Gardens bestow three carefully designed gardens on the grounds of the former home of Arthur and Ninah Cummer. A gargoyle, garden ornamentation, fountains, a putting green, wrought iron gates and screens, benches, planters, an arbor, parterres and reflecting pools keep company with an aged canopied oak and assorted flourishing foliage in Northeast Florida.

Verdant growth surrounds a lamppost.

Mosaic fountain flanked by periwinkles.

Wisteria arbor, not yet in bloom, overlooks the Saint Johns River.

Fruit on the calamondin tree

I am drawn to the architectural interest of wrought iron design these days.

A rusty rooster is impaled in this iron gate.

Necking flamingos

Ivy topiary

Elegant double-bloomed Amaryllis

"Two Children with a Goose"... surrounded by parterres, a replication of a sculpture
by Pierino de Vinci.
A wall-mounted pedestal planter filled with spring blossoms.
Definitely worth a visit while in the Jacksonville area.


Pigtown-Design said...

i had to look up what those orange-things were. i'd never heard of them! i love old gardens like this!

Diana said...

looks lovely!

Heather at Grace303 said...

Thank you for sharing these stunning pictures. That garden is beautiful!

teaorwine said...

p-d...Vibrantly orange in color, the calamondin fruit appear to be a cross between a tangerine and a kumquat. They were gorgeous!