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Florida Botanical Gardens – Part II

“Our Urban Oasis”

The Florida Botanical Gardens are a MUST SEE! Open daily from 7:00 a.m. until Sunset. Admission is Free.


Great Spots to Sit in the Gardens – Love that!

The Florida Botanical Gardens opened to the public on December 2, 2000.

  • 10 Gardens
  • 10,000 Plants
  • 182 Acres


The bee had to get in the shot!


My FAVORITE Photo!

Wedding Garden

  • A walled garden.


Bear Looking Over the Wall – Oh So Cute!

Butterfly Garden

  • A garden devoted to butterflies.

Native Plants Garden

  • Florida natives.
  • Wildflowers
  • Groundcovers
  • Trees and Shrubs


A Fig Tree


Close Up of the Figs


Oak Tree

Vegetable Garden

  • Raised beds of vegetables and flowers.

Herb Garden

  • Medicinal, culinary and ceremonial plants.
  • Scents
  • Colors

Cactus and Succulent Garden

Missed this area completely – have to go back for another visit!

  • Plant life and how it adapts for life in dry climates.

Misc. Photos


Still have not seen a Gator – where are they hiding?


Look at the feet on this Turtle – Yikes! (Photos by RSheridan)


Florida Botanical Gardens – Part I

“Our Urban Oasis”

The Florida Botanical Gardens are a MUST SEE! Open daily from 7:00 a.m. until Sunset. Admission is Free.


BEAUTIFUL!!!


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:

  1. Butterfly
  2. Cactus and Succulent
  3. Herb
  4. Native Plants
  5. Palm
  6. Patio
  7. Tropical Fruit
  8. Vegetable
  9. Vinery
  10. Wedding

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.

Tropical Courtyard

  • Scented plants
  • Sit and rock under the ceiling fans.
  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms

. . . Strolled the Tropical Walk.

Tropical Walk

  • Shaded tropical walk.
  • Bold foliage and bright colors.
  • Taste of the tropics.

Fauna


An Elephant Ear

Flora

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!

Palm Garden

  • Palms plants provide food, fiber, building materials, and oils.


Do these lizards get a head rush hanging upside down on trees?!?

Patio Garden

  • This home garden demonstrates a creative approach to displaying plants and landscape features.
  • Scented flowers
  • Colorful foliage
  • Gazebo
  • Waterfall

Fauna


A Ram’s Horn

Flora

Vinery Display

  • 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.

Misc. Photos


Love Cattails


Soaking In the Sun (Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring – Enjoy!


Lyon Arboretum

Stepping Into the Rainforest

The Lyon Arboretum is a 200-acre arboretum and botanical garden managed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Harold Lyon was the original director of the arboretum, a botanist from Minnesota, who in his tenure planted nearly 2,000 species of trees. The arboretum was renamed in his honor after his death in 1957.

The Hours of Operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Admission is a Donation of $5.00 per person.

The Lyon Arboretum has an extensive tropical plant collection that it continues to develop as well as an active seed bank. The tropical plant collection emphasizes native Hawaiian plants, like palms and bromeliads. The arboretum is so lush and green with pops of colors. It is in a nutshell an outdoor laboratory! Conservation, Preservation and Restoration!

Check Out Lyon Arboretum’s What’s Blooming Now on their website before you go! I spent about two hours exploring and could have explored for a few more hours.

The Various Gardens are:

  • Native Hawaiian Garden
  • Bromeliad Garden
  • Herb and Spice Garden
  • Mapes Garden
  • Beatrice Krauss Ethnobotanical Garden
  • Betty Ho Memorial Garden
  • Stemmermann Memorial Garden
  • Young Memorial Garden

Native Hawaiian House

One of the Wild Cockatoos in the arboretum!

DO NOT Mess with this Spiny Specimen!!!

Aihualma Falls

The Buddha Statue

(Photos by RSheridan)


Portland Pics

Random Snapshots

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


(Photos by RSheridan)

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