Flamingo Gardens – a Trip Back To Early Florida

peacock1My sister Laurie came down from the cold north needing sun and warm. Cyndi’s art class was going out to the West Broward park of Flamingo Gardens and we decided to tag along.

Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Florida – Female Peacock, photograph by Nancy Hopkins, 21C-Online, South Florida’s web-based magazine

We were greeted by Peacocks, not Flamingos, as we waited for the class to arrive. There is a courtyard where we sat under covering at tables, protected from the threatening rain. We spent some time in the very nice and reasonable gift shop, where we bought some gifts for Laurie’s boys and some candy for our outing. You buy the tickets to the park, inside the gift shop. The white peacocks were hanging out with us.

house1Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Florida – Male Peacock, photograph by Nancy Hopkins, 21C-Online, South Florida’s web-based magazine

As we started along the walkway, into the park, we began seeing the male peacocks, just hanging around looking at the people.

Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Florida – Wray House, photograph by Nancy Hopkins, 21C-Online, South Florida’s web-based magazine.

This park is 60 acres of what had originally been an estate owned by the Wray family. This family is one of the early pioneers of West Broward. The family home was built on the highest point of land, that was often an island when early natives built their homes in the Everglades swamp. The Wray home is one of the attractions in the gardens. The building houses an earlier time. The original furnishings are still there, pieces of the early 20th Century.