Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens

by Don Baird July. 31, 2020 632 views

Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens was founded by Dr. Raymond Webber and opened for public enjoyment in January of 2014. The creation of the gardens began over 27 years ago when Ray discovered the 100+ year old retired lime rock quarry in 1991. (Over 100 years ago, miners were harvesting lime rock from the property to create the foundation of Highway 27). In 1991, Ray found that the property had been abandoned long ago, and it now was essentially  a polluted swamp.  He purchased the property for his own private use, initially intending to use the quarry  as a giant fishing pond.  He dug out what was left behind, including old mining remnants, and began to transform the old, polluted, swampy quarry. Rock by rock, each rolled in by wheelbarrows and strategically placed by human hands, the walkways and walls of the gardens were created. With a small team of workers, he created different islands throughout the quarry, concrete walkways, separate pools, waterfalls, pavilions, gazebos, and bridges made of Brazilian walnut.

The quarry walls are lined with concrete and rock planters, filled with hundreds of species of plants and flowers. The surrounding trees and the topography of the quarry allow temperate and semitropical plants to flourish year round. Birds of prey, owls, doves, numerous songbirds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, and other wildlife may be encountered along the trail.

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Heike 2 days, 8 hours ago

Unbelievable that this is made by human hands. What a wonderful place, thanks for sharing!!

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Don Baird Replied to Heike 2 days, 8 hours ago

Yes, it is a beautiful place. Great place to photograph.

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Russell Smith 2 days, 19 hours ago

Beautiful and a small slice of paradise.

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Jay Boggess 2 days, 21 hours ago

Paradisiacal! Reminds me of the Japanese Tea Gardens (Sunken Gardens) in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Texas!
Thanks, Don!
Always a pleasure!
+1grinning+1

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