Mead Botanical Garden is an oasis hidden away in the urban sprawl that is Orlando. This 48 acre park is an excellent location for migrant songbirds during spring and fall. Summer and winter are not too bad either given the number of bird feeders left out.
The lush green habitat is a mixture of hardwood forest and swamp. A little stream runs through the property. Alice’s Pond is at the heart of the park, home to a host of turtles and song birds. The park strives to keep only native Florida plants growing.
The facilities include an amphitheater for weddings and other activities. There is a butterfly garden, a boardwalk, currently under much needed repair (July 2015) and a bike and hiking trail. The Discovery Barn is fun for children and the Orchid greenhouse is worth a visit. There is a large picnic area and two restroom buildings.
The trails and boardwalk are well shaded allowing for a nice walk even in heat of summer.
Surprisingly this is an excellent birding location, owing somewhat to the many bird feeders about. On our July visit we spotted woodpeckers, cardinals, mockingbirds, doves and a pair or swallow tailed kites flew overhead.
Established in 1937 as a memorial to world-renowned horticulturalist Theodore L. Mead, this park is well worth as visit. If in the area be sure to stop by Harry P Leu Garden five minutes to the south for another botanical garden experience. The address is 1500 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789. The hours are 8 AM to dusk and admission is free.
The Mead Garden web site has additional information.