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When The Jungle Went To War

Alma Lee Loy shares her childhood memories of McKee Jungle Gardens.

A post-war teen is pictured in the Jungle Gardens with a Pelican flower (Aristolochia grandiflora).

A post-war teen is pictured in the Jungle Gardens with a Pelican flower (Aristolochia grandiflora).

“Vistas of supreme charm. Cool green isles in nature’s own cathedral. Royal Palms. Hundreds of them in stately rows in one of the most remarkable jungle gardens in the world. McKee Jungle Gardens near Vero Beach, Florida. 80 acres of tropical profusion where one can see and marvel at strange and exotic plants from all over the world. A man-made jungle where tourists can plumb the mysteries of the tropics in safety. In this botanical paradise, scarcely a stone’s throw from the Dixie Highway, nature has outdone herself to duplicate the enchanting beauty of her hidden places...”

Read the entire article in the April 2013 issue