Botanical Gardens Florida

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Botanical Gardens Florida

Are you a nature enthusiast? If so, you won’t want to miss The Florida Botanical Gardens. Here, over 150 sun-kissed acres filled with more than 25 gardens and display areas showcase a dazzling array of tropical plants–from fruits and herbs to hibiscus and bromeliads. There’s a new botanical treasure awaiting discovery at every turn.

Botanical Gardens Florida

Welcome to your Garden! Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County is the oldest and largest public botanical garden in the Palm Beaches. Our origin traces back to the University of Florida’s Cooperative Extension Service, providing free and low-cost agricultural education to the broad local community. The Garden exhibits and evaluates materials environmentally suitable for home, commercial, and public landscapes while providing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the art, science, and joy of gardening. Featured Gardens

Botanical Gardens Florida

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With its perfect balance of cloudless days and plenty of rainfall, the tropical Sunshine State is home to a vast array of big, bold, colorful blooms. Because of this, there are many botanical gardens that capture the hearts of their visitors. Here is our list of the very best gardens in Florida, so you can start planning your next visit.

Botanical Gardens Florida

Bring yourself, your friends, family and even your dog to the lush landscape of the Florida Botanical Gardens. All are welcome to explore the 90 total acres of natural landscape upon which these gardens sit. There are picnic areas, volunteer opportunities and even an aquatic habitat here, and you’ll feel as if you are walking through all different parts of the world because of the wide array of flowers present.

Botanical Gardens Florida

Welcome to your Garden! Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County is the oldest and largest public botanical garden in the Palm Beaches. Our origin traces back to the University of Florida’s Cooperative Extension Service, providing free and low-cost agricultural education to the broad local community. The Garden exhibits and evaluates materials environmentally suitable for home, commercial, and public landscapes while providing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the art, science, and joy of gardening.

Botanical Gardens Florida

Internationally recognized for its historical significance and environmental preservation, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a natural jewel of South Florida. Featuring 35 total acres of formal gardens with 2,000 specimens of orchid, growth forests and a stunning mansion to boot, these gardens combine natural beauty with historical significance in stunning fashion.

Botanical Gardens Florida

Plants and flowers from six continents (all of the hospitable ones) grace the grounds of Mounts Botanical Garden. It has an affiliation with the University of Florida, which means that visitors have access to plenty of learning opportunities, such as Master Gardeners and the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. From temperate to tropical, rare to unique, there is something here for horticulture enthusiasts of all tastes.

Botanical Gardens Florida

More than 150 types of animals inhabit the 90 acres of wetland managed by the Florida Botanical Gardens, located in Largo. Keep a lookout for bald eagles, tree frogs, tortoises and more.

If you like your botanical gardens with a bit of history and a side of skyline views, then Sunken Gardens is the place to be. You can still escape from the city life here though, as they have more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers aligning meandering paths in which you can lose yourself. They also have gardening workshops, volunteer opportunities and you can even host your wedding there.

Orlando’s Harry P. Leu Gardens is home to the largest rose garden in the state of Florida. It also hosts a number of outdoor film screenings and concerts – which, with Florida’s balmy weather, happen virtually year-round.

Whether you come here in July or January, there are always beautiful flowers upon which to feast your eyes at the Harry P. Leu Gardens. The Central Florida location is what allows them to have gardens that feature a wide variety of temperate and tropical plants. This makes for a diverse day of flower-gazing, and allows visitors to experience something different every time they come.

Often described as paradise, Naples Botanical Garden is a wonderland of bright flowers and fun events. With six separate gardens and 90 acres of restored native preserve, it is easy to lose oneself on these grounds. People love to just wander to their heart’s content, and the educational programs and conservation efforts here ensure that no urban development will ever happen on this land.

McKee Botanical Gardens has quite the history attached to it. What once was a sprawling 80-acre landscape was unfortunately forced to close in 1976 because of land development. But it reopened in 1994, and now makes the most of their 18-acre plot, as they showcase 10,000 native and tropical plants. The picturesque water lilies are also a beautiful sight.

Resting on 62 acres of gorgeous landscape, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens seeks to have their collection be among the most diverse in the state. Their walkways are wheelchair accessible and there are plenty of benches upon which to relax and enjoy the environment. They also love to host special events for their patrons, including a Moonlight Walk that features 1,500 luminaries and live music.

Dip your toe into the world of biology in the education-focused Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, located in Sarasota. Don’t miss their massive orchid collection, made up of over 6,000 specimens.

“One of the most beautiful places in Central Florida!  Whether you get a membership and bring your out of town guests, or go for free during their annual plant sale, any nature/flower/tree lover will enjoy Leu Gardens.” –Chelsea S. on Yelp.

If you like having the option for a plethora of activities while visiting a botanic garden, then Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park has everything you’d want. From hiking and biking, to picnicking and swimming, these gardens have plenty of activities for everyone. Featuring hundreds of camellias and azaleas, and even a secret garden, the horticulture enthusiast has a lot by which to be entertained as well.

With 126 different species of birds, 50 acres of gardens to explore and fascinating architecture to boot, the Bok Tower Gardens are an outdoors enthusiast’s dream. Their education programs are also very engaging for learners of all ages, and they even have a summer camp, which teaches children aged 6-12 about the importance of environmental knowledge and conservation.

If it’s peace you like, the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens offers a serene landscape and beautiful flowers in which to lose yourself. Inspired by the famous gardens of Japan, their aim is to provide that authentic Japanese experience in a land on the opposite side of the world. Their educational efforts in this regard are what keep educators and students alike coming back for more.

For those who prefer their gardens constructed rather than wild, try the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee. The grounds feature a reflecting pool, secret garden and walled garden. The park is known for its camellias and azaleas, which peak in March.

Do you have a plant in your garden that you aren’t familiar with? Or, perhaps are looking to find out its origins and how it came to South Florida? If so, bring your specimen to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our scientists uncover its secrets! Bring a cutting from your plant to Fairchild’s Herbarium team on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. and participate in our Plant Identification Workshop.

Students who have taken Chris’ palm classes will also enjoy his knowledge about this very diverse, largely tropical family, with an emphasis on aroids for the South Florida garden. Identification, propagation, care and landscape use will be covered. After a hands-on activity, students will leave with aroids to include in their own garden. Larger plants will be available for purchase.

Bromeliads: Easy Tropicals for Your South Florida Garden Learn the basics of growing these attractive, adaptable and colorful epiphytes. While most often seen growing in the ground or on trees, they also do well in pots. Our instructor/grower will take you through propagating pups, choosing the optimum growing medium and containers, watering and misting, providing air circulation and lighting, fertilizing and methods of combating pests. He will also share his experience in growing show plants. Each student will have hands on experience repotting a bromeliad and take home a plant. Read more

Plant ID WorkshopDo you have a plant in your garden that you aren’t familiar with? Or, perhaps are looking to find out its origins and how it came to South Florida? If so, bring your specimen to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our scientists uncover its secrets! Bring a cutting from your plant to Fairchild’s Herbarium team on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. and participate in our Plant Identification Workshop.Read more

Aroids: Getting to Know These Tropical Beauties Students who have taken Chris’ palm classes will also enjoy his knowledge about this very diverse, largely tropical family, with an emphasis on aroids for the South Florida garden. Identification, propagation, care and landscape use will be covered. After a hands-on activity, students will leave with aroids to include in their own garden. Larger plants will be available for purchase. Read more

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