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History of Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland

Cypress Gardens

Vintage photographs illustrate the story of Cypress Gardens, the world-famous tourist attraction that Dick Pope created out of swampland in Winter Haven. Cypress Gardens cemented Florida’s reputation as the land of sun and fun from the 1930s to 2009, when it was sold to Legoland. The flamboyant Pope, known as “the man who invented Florida,” combined a water ski show, tropical gardens, and iconic Southern Belles to create an enduring symbol of Florida. Attended live in person or via Zoom. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Date/time: September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Lu Vickers, Author/Historian

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Deborah Bussinger
(352) 728-9790

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