United States of America, Florida, Volusia, Daytona Beach
Toronito (Daytona Beach, Florida)
The red brick house was built in the 1950s and modeled after the governor's palace in Williamsburg, Virginia, which inspired the current owners in 1994 to install gardens with both southern and tropical plants and features on the four acre property Toronito. There are 200 year old Live Oak trees dripping with Spanish moss shading much of the property so the plant selection had to succeed in filtered shade, with some sunny locations including a rose garden. From the brick terrace with a round leaded glass window set into the wall supporting the gate there are views of the formal serpentine border planted with jasmine, sago palms, tea roses and conifers, and other formal beds contain caladium and agapanthus. The area known as the shade garden contains holly fern, iris and sago palm. A small orchard has pecan, fig and Meyer lemon trees. Throughout the property there are brick walkways that co-ordinate with the formal style of the planted beds and containers on the brick patio. The Halifax River runs alongside the property and is reached by walkways that divide around a sculpture of Poseidon, himself surrounded by a clipped circular hedge. In addition to the main house there is a guest house, garage, pool and garden shed where container plants are wintered over.
Toronito is a Seminole name meaning sunshine and goodwill, and Toronito's crest has been placed over the English colonial style front door of this house. There is a local legend about Princess Toronito who avenged the death of her French father at the hands of the Spanish settlers by siding with and helping the British explorer Sir Francis Drake defeat the Spanish in the 16th century.
Persons associated witht he garden include: Dr. and Mrs. Dwight Harris (former owners, 1950-1966); Mr. And Mrs. Paul H. Gugger (former owners, 1966-1986); Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Ayers (former owners, 1986-1991); Harry Griffin (architect, 1953-1954); Joe Knight, ASLA (landscape architect, 1994).
The folder includes worksheets and historical information.