Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cape Coral Gardens '65

Fully painted, fantastic artwork highlights this Cape Coral Gardens travel brochure dated 1965, as we continue on our wintertime cross country vacation tourist trek to warmer climates! Cape Coral Gardens, which opened to the public in 1964, was many attractions in one: thrilling action and serene beauty, dramatic fountains, sleepy lagoons, 40,000+ rose bushes, dancing fountains, reflecting pools, tranquil lakes, romantic waterfalls, Polynesian gardens, frisky porpoise shows, and loads of exotic birds and flowers. A spectacular showcase by day-- an enchanted wonderland by night! Unfortunately, they closed their doors for good in 1971 --you can read lots more about this great "lost" attraction HERE and HERE.


Craftypants Carol said...

wow - that looks really nice! i love the second tikiesque pic - but they're all really cool. the bridge pic with the waterfall and the flamingos is really cool! and the hanging garden pic too!


Mr. Cavin said...

They are all plenty nice, but my clear fave is the hexagonal rose garden (number eight). That's a bitch angle to draw, after all.

I am always a little skeptical of brochures that rely on awesome, delicious artwork instead of just using actual photographic proof of the places they are advertising. I mean, I'm happy to have the artwork, of course; but it's certainly no guarantee against this place being another depressing roadside dump nearly indistinguishable from its own cracked parking lot.

Karswell said...

It looks like a neat place, I almost seem to remember my grandmother talking about it... I'd love to hear from anyone who went here back in the day.

KL from NYC said...

Nice watercolors.

It's kind of difficult looking through them while in a cold little basement apt in NY during the winter.

Karswell said...

That's why I'm posting them in winter, to make life LESS difficult during this frigid season. Sorry!