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baroque era.” Florida’s exclusive Another marvel in the garden is the ancient history and rare, Trees of America section featuring cuttings represented by native and used as of trees with historic ties. plants, and the agrarian bartering in the The Susan B. Anthony sycamore is a age represented by vegetables Middle East.” cutting from the tree at her grave, and Elvis and herbs. Smith says people come Presley’s weeping willow is a cutting from a “The white room, yellow room and to the garden to enjoy nature and weeping willow at Graceland. red room represent the age of refinement,” learn about the plants. Last year 30,000 “There was a nursery in the early 2000s Smith says of sections of the garden filled pamphlets were distributed to visitors. that specialized in those trees,” Smith says. with modern plants in designated colors. “They wander through, maybe not “All the trees came with papers. We are Beyond the plants, water connects it all knowing we’re here,” he says. “Or, they come together as Lake Mirror completes the story fortunate to have that collection.” to look at plants. Last year, caching was While the garden’s design is completed, flowing back to the Civic Center. popular. We do have Pokemon monsters Smith says the collection is still growing. Spread across 1.2 acres, there is a lot of here.” “We’ve done our best to collect the meaning packed into this tiny little garden, Additionally, the gardens are a popular most unique plants, like the Balm of Gilead, Smith says. site for weddings and special events, with that we’re purchasing in May,” he says. In addition to telling Florida’s history, approximately 50 to 70 held each year. “We’re adding it to our incense trees. It’s the garden’s plants have stories to tell, too. Continued on page 16 “There are a lot of rare species that we have here,” Smith says. One of those is the extremely rare frankincense tree. “Everyone who comes here is surprised by some of the unique plants we have,” Smith says. The strange fruit collection includes the peanut butter fruit and the blackberry jam fruit. “Some people appreciate the classical music we play in the garden,” Smith says. “Because of the neoclassical architecture, we only play music Opposite page: A trellis tops the perimeter of the rotunda in Lakeland’s Hollis Garden, flanked by flower beds below. This page: A wrought from the late iron gate greets garden visitors; and right, The late afternoon sunlight hits one of the many pieces of art installed in Hollis Gardens.

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