About the Gardens
Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens was founded by Dr. Raymond Webber and opened for public enjoyment in January of 2014. The creation of the gardens began over 23 years ago when Ray discovered the 100 year old retired lime rock quarry. With the initial idea of designing a giant fishing pond, Ray transformed the old swamp, leaving the islands and pathways displayed today. Rock by Rock, each rolled in by wheelbarrows and strategically placed by human hands, the walls of the gardens were created. Taking up gardening as his hobby, Ray is responsible for one of the most unique botanical creations you'll ever see.
The quarry walls are lined with concrete and rock planters, filled with hundreds of species of plants and flowers. Trees and topography of the quarry allow temperate and semitropical plants to flourish year round. Birds of prey, owls, doves, numerous songbirds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, and other wildlife may be encountered along the trail. Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens is also home to domesticated animal friends including many cats, a couple dogs, a pair of swan, several ducks and pheasants, a goose, a squirrel, two Galah cockatoos, numerous Koi fish, and a 100 lb blue catfish named Big Ben. There are many benches and picnic tables throughout the trails to allow visitors to sit and enjoy the spectacular views.
Today, thanks to the help of a few staff members and Ray's dedication to his artistic dream, the garden continues to grow with the addition of new garden displays, scenic features, and expansion of education programs. You may also wander though our surrounding woods and enjoy the Oaks, Cedars, Pines, Pecans, Hickories, and Dogwoods in an adjacent 54 acre nature conservation easement maintained by the Conservation Trust for Florida.
Courtesy of Dr Ray Webber, Ashley Elaine Photography, Paul King, Bardroff Family, and Mike Littlefield
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