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Mario Draleksic shows Austrian grapevines planted as an experiment in a new botanical garden in rural Clermont
Mario Draleksic shows Austrian grapevines planted as an experiment in a new botanical garden in rural Clermont (Teresa Burney)

The Lake County Commission approved a new botanical garden near the Green Swamp and Clermont Tuesday.

The garden is planned for a nine-acre parcel east of State Road 33 and a half-mile south of County Road 561, close to Revolution Off Road where outdoor adventure seekers can drive ATVs and ride in amphibious vehicles as well as practice archery.

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The Botanical Gardens is likely to be a less dirty eco-tourism venture. The developer FLTR LLC, is planning to hold weddings at the site as well as tours of the gardens, and other events.

The land is zoned agricultural and required zoning clearance to have visitors. The garden has a restriction of public hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for weddings and similar private gatherings.

"That is a perfect use for out there," said Robert Chandler, Lake County director of economic development and tourism. The county has been working to attract eco- and agri-tourism ventures in the county's less developed and ecologically sensitive areas.

The site has an existing concrete building, metal building, a portable building and a nursery/greenhouse.  There are plans to add a pavilion and build a new large building.

tburney@growthspotter.com or 407-420 6261

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