And just like that, it’s been four months since my last blog post. Time has been moving so quickly, and before I expected it, we are finding ourselves impatiently waiting for Spring in Chicago. With spring quickly approaching I thought I was overdue for another garden blog post from when we lived in Florida. Can you guess which one is it?
Kevin and I tried our best to take some weekend trips when we lived in Florida, some out of the ordinary. I have discussed a few already and you can read about some of my favorites here, here, here, here, and here, mmm and here. Before we left, we took a trip closer to home and for once not in Miami. We visited the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens which makes a great day trip before hitting the beach. I always saw signs for it on the highway and my way to work and thought it was worth checking out at some point.
The Bonnet House is located in Fort Lauderdale and the property was originally acquired in 1895 by Hugh Taylor Birch, who was a successful Chicago lawyer, and later on it was given to his daughter Helen and her husband as a wedding gift. And that’s as much of the history I will say since you can actually take a house tour and you probably will learn a lot more. They offer tours basically about every hour, which I highly recommend.
The Bonnet House is also open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The admission is $20 for adults and $10 if you only want access to the gardens.
My favorite thing of visiting the historic mansions in Florida is definitely visiting the gardens, and the gardens at Bonnet House did not disappoint they were a little oasis tucked in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. You can see orchids in bloom, swans in the ponds, and if you get lucky you might even see a monkey in your visit. my favorite part was the area facing the back of the house where if I remember correctly they have a few benches where you can just seat for a few minutes and enjoy its peacefulness.
If you were planning on heading to the beach but the rain ruined your plans don’t think twice and head to the Bonnet House instead. Here are some pictures in case I did not convince you enough.