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Florida Botanical Gardens

There’s a side to Florida that many visitors miss and it is a side that is full of fragrant foliage and beautiful bursts of natural colour showcasing Mother Nature’s unique textures.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is located just ten minutes west of Tampa and is a relaxing, educational and unique experience.

You will find over 30 acres of cultivated gardens right alongside 90 acres of Florida’ s natural beauty. The Botanical Gardens bloom to life whatever the season and spring, summer, autumn and winter all have their own unique flowering attractions in the Seasonal Garden Displays.

The Herb Garden rewards visitors with an explosion of scent and explores the history of mankind’ s association with herbs for culinary and medicinal uses.

Visitors will find a unique experience in the Tropical Fruit Gardens that is home to a fascinating collection of edible goodies from around the globe. Learn how the pineapple grows, wander through the towering trunks of banana trees and discover the source of sugar. A whole host of exotic fruits can be found here including mango, passion fruit and papaya.

No Botanical gardens would be complete without a showcase of Florida’ s own natives. The Native Plant Garden hosts an array of plants that are ideal for any Florida home garden creating a landscape of natural colour and beauty.

What garden is complete without the beauty of a butterfly gently bobbing from flower to flower? Florida is home to just under 200 types of butterfly and The Butterfly Garden is devoted to these beautiful insects that are a year-round delight for all visitors.

When you conjure up an image of a palm tree in your mind, Florida shouldn’ t be far from your thoughts. Palms provide food and fibre, building material and natural oils but they are now sadly endangered due mainly to the loss of their natural habitat. The Palm Garden gives you a welcome opportunity to admire these economically important trees.

The elegant Wedding Garden has been host to hundreds of nuptials and the gazebo offers a peaceful and extremely romantic setting. There are four unique themes in each of the four corners of the walled garden.

Adults can enjoy strolling through the enchanting gardens while the little ones can ’ Follow Flora’ on a special trail just for kids where they can explore the weird and wonderful gardens, search for butterflies and wildlife and discover the many tropical fruits growing on the trees. This fun activity takes around an hour.

Florida Botanical Gardens can be found at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774

Telephone 727-582-2100. The gardens are open daily from 7am until 7pm and admittance is free.

The Gardens share the campus with the Heritage Village, which is a living history museum, and the Gulf Coast Museum of Art.

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