lukas nursery gulf fritillary 2

Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter

I always have a great time at the Lukas Nursery Butterfly & Bird Encounter, in Oviedo, Florida.   It is a really large garden supplies center and they sell tons of plants, flowers, trees, garden sculptures and just about anything else needed for gardening.  When I go, I don’t actually go gardening supplies, I go to see butterflies and insects. The Butterfly & Bird Encounter is a very hot house with plants and lot of butterflies.   For more information about Lukas Nursery visit https://lukasnursery.com/ the Butterfly & Bird Encounter is https://lukasnursery.com/butterfly-encounter/.

First set of photos is of the Lukas Nursery and the outside of the Butterfly & Bird Encounter.    The place is really huge, my pictures don’t show how big it is.   The entrance to the Butterfly & Bird Encounter is through the Gift Shop.  They also have chickens and horses on the property.  I can spend a whole afternoon walking around taking photos.

 

Second set of photos is from the inside of the Butterfly & Bird Encounter.   From what I was told, butterflies don’t seem to like cold weather and you are more likely to see them in the spring or summer.   Inside the encounter it is very humid, after spending an hour I usually end up sweating buckets.   The encounter also has little birds and you can see them fluttering all over the place.   There is Gatorade provided and you can feed some of the butterflies if you like. 

 

Third set of photos are of some of the butterflies, moth and caterpillars to be seen inside the encounter.   The have signs warning you not to steal the caterpillars, maybe people have been tempted.   The butterflies are really beautiful and fun to photograph.    They don’t really stay still long so you have to be patient and quick to shoot them.  There were so many beautiful shots that it was had to choose which to post so I have another blog post of more of the butterflies at https://lilsusieq.com/butterflies-and-flowers-at-lukas-nursery/.

 

lukas nursery gulf fritillary 2

Harry P. Leu Gardens

In February 2018 we went to see Harry P. Leu Gardens to see the Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney. There were over 13 displays made with over 450,000 LEGO Bricks.   I have been to LEGOLAND and Disney Springs and  seen the LEGO sculptures at both places.  I had an idea of what can be made with LEGOs, with that said, I was still very impressed with the exhibit at Leu Gardens.   The details and colors were just awesome and I was surprised at how large the displays were.  Leu Gardens is a really beautfiul place to spend the day and take photos.  It was fun to walk the grounds looking for all the displays, it was a little like a scavenger hunt.

 

 

First set of  photos includes a map of Leu Gardens which shows the placement of each display and photos of all  13 Lego creations.   We visited each display and I took a photo of them all.   My favorites are the Peacock and Gardening Grandfather and Granddaughter but all of them were fantastic.    

  1.  Bonsai Tree,  2. Peacock,  3.  Buck, Doe, and Fawn (two pictures),  4. Giant Corn Spider,  5. Giant Pansy,  6. Galapagos Tortoise and Darwin Finch,  7. Ant Mosaic,  8. Gardening Grandfather and Granddaughter,  9. Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed,  10. Wheelbarrow,  11. Hummingbird and Trumpet Flower,  12. Birdbath,  13. Roseate Simmer Dragonfly

 

Second set of photos is of the grounds and it shows just a small portion of what there is to see. This was our first time to see the gardens and it was really worth it.   You can bring lunch and sit outside the Welcome Center (first two pictures below)  to eat.   I took pictures of the Leu House Museum (last picture below)  but the inside was not open to the public.  It is still being repaired from Hurricane damage.  I think it was damaged during Hurricane Irma in 2017.   We spent about 3 hours at the gardens and didn’t get to see it all, it is a pretty big place.  It had started to rain so we cut are visit short, however we plan on going back for another visit in the spring.