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Hollis Gardens 

Hollis Gardens is a formal 1.2 acre botanical garden donated to the City by the Hollis Family. The garden is located on historic Lake Mirror accessible from the Lake Mirror Promenade or Orange Street. Recently Hollis Gardens was voted one of the Best of Class Gardens by the Gulfcoast Research and Education Center. The garden is formal and packed full of fascinating and beautiful plant materials. This garden tells a story of Florida agriculture as you move through theme rooms of plant life that include Florida natives, annual hybrids, perennials, as well as fruits, vegetables and herbs used as ornamentals.

Hollis Gardens 3The garden contains several water features and displays thousands of flowering plants, ornamental shrubs, historic trees, herbs and vegetables. The garden may be rented for weddings. It contains a Grotto, Koi pond, Fountains, waterfalls & lily pond, Butterfly garden & Trees of Americana Patterned flower beds. In addition to the plants, there are water features, sculpture and architecture that enhance the beauty of the garden, rather than compete with it. You will want to take your shoes off and make yourself at home in this friendly place. You will also come away with a greater knowledge of plants, as well as Lakeland’s role in the development of agriculture in our state. Closed on Monday. Hours vary according to season.


Lynn’s Garden at Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College dedicated Lynn’s Garden, the campus’s first fully sustainable garden, named after alumna Lynn Hollis and given by her family.  The centerpiece of the eco-friendly space is a marble sculpture, “Spirit,” which was created by Mark Hollis, past president and former vice chairman of the board of Publix Super Markets.

Designed by Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Inc., the garden is fully sustainable, comprising exclusively recycled materials and plants native to Florida. The three-tiered garden features a canopy of existing trees and a meandering path of Florida fieldstone that connects it all. Mr. Hollis’s sculpture sits in the corner closest to the lake. Map of Florida Southern College. Mark started sculpting later in life, click here to see more of his work.


Stetson University

Stetson University is located in Deland, FL. The Hollis family has been involved with Stetson for many years and has invested in the development of the facilities and students for years, from the Hollis Center to the Hollis Institute for Educational Reform, to the Hollis Residence HallHollis_wellness_center

Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College is located in Lakeland, FL. The Hollis family has been involved with Florida Southern for many years and has invested in the development of the facilities and students for years, from the Hollis Wellness Center to the Hollis Scholars, to the Hollis Endowed Chair of Free Enterprise, to the Hollis Residence HallFSC_Wellness_Center

Hollis Cancer Center at Lakeland Regional HealthHollis_Cancer_Center

The Hollis Cancer Center is located in Lakeland, FL. The Hollis Family goal is that the Hollis Cancer Center will be known as THE place to CONQUER cancer, by providing compassionate care to every person who comes through these doors.


Lakeland, Florida

City_LakelandCentrally located between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland and Polk County offer residents and visitors a wide variety of sports, entertainment, cultural and educational opportunities. Lakeland is the heart of Polk County and it is Lakeland’s charm that creates a beautiful blend of a small town feel with the convenience and amenities of much larger cities.

Polk County, Florida 

Polk County is strategically located in the center of the Florida peninsula, about equal distance from the east and west coast and half way between the Georgia-Florida border and the Southern tip of the peninsula. Polk lies on the Interstate-4 corridor, 25 miles east of Tampa and 35 miles southwest of Orlando. As the geographic center of Florida, it is estimated that more than 7.5 million people reside within a 100 mile radius of Polk County. This is one of the largest concentrations of population in the southeast.


Bok Tower Gardens

Historic Bok Sanctuary offers visitors Florida’s most abundant opportunities for aesthetic, cultural and personal enrichment. The lush landscapes of the Olmsted gardens, the majesty and music of the carillon tower and the splendor of Pinewood Estate create an experience that inspires all who visit.

In 1921, Edward W. Bok was spending the winter months in the residential mountain lake community located adjacent to the highest hill of Florida’s Lake Wales Ridge, 298 feet above sea level. He enjoyed taking evening walks to the top of “Iron Mountain,” among the virgin pines and sandhill scrub, to enjoy Florida’s dramatic sunsets and bird life. The idea came to him to preserve this hilltop and create a bird sanctuary – a place of beauty, serenity and peace.

Having made arrangements to buy land on the hilltop, Bok commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. to change this arid sandhill into “a spot of beauty second to none in the country.” Today, these plantings provide shade to visitors as well as refuge for squirrels and more than 100 bird species.





 Links To Other Important Web Sites

  • The Nature Conservancy of Florida  The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. 

  • Xeriscaping Information  Xeriscaping refers to the conservation of water through creative landscaping. This web site will give you helpful information on how to implement xeriscaping ideas in your yard.

  • Florida Friendly Plant Handbook  This handbook provides helpful concepts, tools and techniques to create your own Florida Friendly Yard – a yard that is beautiful and environmentally friendly.