Monday, July 13, 2009

Sundy House

Above is the amazing natural pool, if only I had that kind of money!!! (please click on the photos for the large view)

I went to Sundy House in Delray Beach, FL this weekend with fellow fruit enthusiasts Noel Ramos and Jeff & Maria Hagen. Sundy House is a neat little Bed and Breakfast type inn with an amazing collection of tropical fruit trees, bamboos, heliconias, gingers, and a lot more. We were lucky to have our friend Har Mahdeem (Horticulture & Aquatics Manager) give is a tour of the of the property before he started his work day. We toured the grounds and he showed us Sundy House's mature fruiting rare fruit trees, Jackfruit 'Lemon Crunch', Kwai Muk, Ilama, et al. and explained how they came to have all these mature trees on the property. When they built the B&B they searched all over the tri-county area for large specimen trees, then purchased and moved them to Sundy House. They even had to move all the lights on Swinton Ave to get one large tree onto the property. He also told me a little about the history of Sundy House. Sundy House was built in 1902 by John & Elizabeth Shaw and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also has Florida’s only freshwater swimming pond, it uses a bio filter (here's a useful link I don't know which product Sundy House uses. to clean the water, really an amazing feature. I didn't get to see any of the accommodations or eat in the restaurant, but in the course of my research I have seen it get rave reviews and I would highly recommend seeing the gardens, truly a hidden treasure! Take the time to check it out if you get a chance. Here's some photos I took, as well as the ones of the pool above.

Pictures of one of fruits on their two Ilama (Annona diversifolia) trees.

Humongous Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) 'Lemon Crunch' cultivar

Bambusa sp.

Bambusa sp.

Me being a clown with a very large species of bamboo

Close up of the same species as above.

Bambusa sp.

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Hermes said...

Wonderful. What a great visit and fantastic garden.