“Our Urban Oasis”
The Florida Botanical Gardens are a MUST SEE! Open daily from 7:00 a.m. until Sunset. Admission is Free.
A Good R&R Spot
The Florida Botanical Gardens opened to the public on December 2, 2000.
- 10 Gardens
- 10,000 Plants
- 182 Acres
The 10 Gardens Are:
- Cactus and Succulent
- Native Plants
- Tropical Fruit
Started off at the McKay Creek Pavilion and into the McKay Creek Plaza.
The retention pond in this area demonstrates how important water is to wildlife. The area is planted exclusively with Florida native plants. The area provides plenty of shelter and food available to a wide variety of animals.
An Anhinga Sun Bathing
Then wandered through the Tropical Courtyard, Pavilion and Bromeliad Garden.
- Scented plants
- Sit and rock under the ceiling fans.
- Picnic area
. . . Strolled the Tropical Walk.
- Shaded tropical walk.
- Bold foliage and bright colors.
- Taste of the tropics.
An Elephant Ear
There is a “Tropical” Theme Going On!
Tropical Fruit Garden
- Over a dozen varieties of banana and plantain.
- Pineapple, citrus, mango, papaya, and other exotic fruits.
The Whole Banana Growth.
The Bunch of Bananas.
A Closeup of the Bananas.
Have Lime, Need A Coconut!
- Palms plants provide food, fiber, building materials, and oils.
Do these lizards get a head rush hanging upside down on trees?!?
- This home garden demonstrates a creative approach to displaying plants and landscape features.
- Scented flowers
- Colorful foliage
A Ram’s Horn
- A 239-foot fence was installed as a backdrop and aluminum Hubble trellises – a three-dimensional design that will turn vines into trees.
- An 18-foot cement circle connects the Vinery, the Palm Garden and the Memorial Walkway.
Soaking In the Sun (Photos by RSheridan)