In the middle of the City of Delray Beach, in the Subtropical Climate of Southeastern Florida, is a “tropical paradise” that “looks like an oasis,” called Taru Gardens.
A woodsy blend of tropical fruit trees, small edible plants, bamboo groves, flowering trees, vines, and tropical foliage envelopes two large fish ponds, streams, waterfalls, and the “Cenote” naturalized bathing place. The design of the garden and the density of the plantings give the illusion of a large space that one could get lost in, even though it is all in half a city block. Taru Gardens is a good place to lose oneself in the wonder of the sights, sounds, and aromas of nature.
In 1998 the Sundy House was surrounded by a shell-rock parking lot with a few large trees left from John Sundy’s time. That summer Tom Worrell installed Taru Gardens.Taru Gardens is a nonprofit Living-Species Museum.
The free educational tours are at 2:30PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tours are guided by Tari Lagasse, Assistant Gardener. Tour duration varies.“We munch on edibles all along the path.”
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