Our Lush Urban Oasis
Garden CopySooth the Senses – The Memorial Gardens, our urban oasis, are a lush, tropical rainforest nestled into the heart of the Ormond beachside adjoining the Museum. They feature native and exotic plants, water features, artisan-designed walkways and a gazebo. Visitors can enjoy the solitude of a quiet bench or nook or walk the labyrinth inside the gazebo.
Designed by Belgian-trained Chicago landscape architect, Henry Stockman in the 1940s, the gardens feature both manicured landscape and natural areas. Numerous weddings are held in this magnificent setting.
The gardens feature both native and non native plant life. Please ask Museum staff for a copy of our educational piece titled "Plant This - Not That".
The historic Emmons Cottage is a 1886 Florida Cracker Cottage relocated to our garden setting by local artist Sang Roberson and renovated by the Garden Club of the Halifax Country in 1998. The Club partners with the Museum to provide environmental art education in the cottage to local school children each spring.
The gardens have been tended by garden artisan, Janett Van Wicklen Taylor for more than three decades, and the garden greenhouse created with the Garden Club of the Halifax Country is named in her honor.