The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
If you are heading over to Eden Gardens State Park, don’t follow directions from Siri! She wants to take you to the woods on the back side of the park and have you walk! We eventually went back to the main road and found the real road to the park.
Eden Gardens is centered by the old Wesley 1897 homestead. The old plantation style home is situated on Tucker Bayou and is surrounded by large live oaks, azaleas and camellia bushes.
I set up to paint on the walkway in front of the home with the oaks draping over the columned front porch. I thought this would be a good quiet spot, but it turns out I was right along the road near a school. Car after car drove by just feet from me kicking up dust on the dirt road. uggh! Eventually the cars stopped coming by and I was able to concentrate a bit more on painting.
The Wesley House and Eden Gardens was the filming location for the 1972 movie “Frogs.” I hear it is really cheesy and horrible, so I just may have to watch it!
While I painted Rick went down to the fishing dock on the bayou and caught and released a catfish, a trout and a redfish! Good thing he didn’t hook any killer frogs!
For more information on this park, visit their website