Albin Polasek Museum and Garden
Osceola Avenue, Winter Park
, FL (407)647-6294.
Monastery St. Bernard de Clairvaux
- The home and studio feature two
galleries, a chapel and three acres of gardens displaying works of the sculptor
: 16711 West Dixie Highway,
, FL 33160 (305)945-1461.
Audubon House and Tropical Gardens
- This picturesque ancient monastery, built in the
12th century in Spain, was dismantled and transported to Florida by William
Randolph Hearst in 1925 and assembled after his death some 26 years later. The
grounds include loggias, courtyards, and extensive formal gardens.
205 Whitehead Street, Key West
, FL 33040 (305)294-2116.
Bird Gardens of Naples
- This acre of lush
tropical greenery showcasing orchids and bromeliads also features an herb garden
and a 1840-style nursery. Trees and plants are labeled with their names and
origin and, if appropriate, their medicinal qualities.
: 1060 Purple Martin Drive,
, FL 34120 (813)841-1911.
Bok Tower Gardens
- This unique sanctuary offers 5 acres of tropical plants, butterflies, song birds, and exotic parrots with
walking paths, a picnic area and pubic restrooms. Offering rescue and rehabilitation for parrots, it is located only 1 street
away from Corkscrew Swamp Audubon Sanctuary.
: 1151 Tower
Boulevard, Lake Wales
, FL 33853 (863)676-1408.
- This National Historic Landmark
located atop Iron Mountain, at 298' one of Florida's highest peaks, is the site
of a carillon tower and 157 acres of gardens displaying thousands of flowering
plants. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the gardens resulted from a bit of
grandmotherly advice given Edward Bok: "...Make you the world a bit better or
more beautiful because you have lived in it."
E. Busch Boulevard at McKinley Avenue, Tampa
, FL (813)987-5082.
- If you can tear
yourself away from King Tut's Tomb or the Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, visit the
Tropical Gardens with over 350 different exotic flowers and flamingos and the
Bird Gardens, a verdant aviary.
: Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, SW 34th Street and Hull Road,
6,400-square-foot screened outdoor enclosure displays tropical plants and hundreds of living butterflies.
Don’t forget to also visit the Florida Wildflower & Butterfly Garden, located just west of the Museum,
with demonstration gardens showcases Florida's native wildflowers and their importance as host and nectar plants for Florida's native butterflies. It encourages visitors to imagine how they could transform their own yards into an inviting and colorful, yet practical and water-saving mecca for butterflies and other wildlife.
: 3600 W. Sample Road, Tradewinds Park,
- Over 5000 butterflies dazzle visitors in the 8,000 square
foot Tropical Rain Forest Aviary. The butterflies are rivaled only by the
thousands of flowers, tropical plants and waterfalls. Outside the enclosure,
native butterflies inhabit the lovely Lakeside Garden, English Rose Garden and
: 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples
, FL 33940 (941)262-5409.
Cluett Memorial Gardens
- One of
the oldest tropical gardens in the U.S., the 52 acre site along Alligator Bay
and Lake Victoria features a mile long path of tropical plants and large mature
trees with exotic and more familiar animals along the way. Chapman Botanical
Gardens: Apalachicola, FL 32320 (850)653-8219. This small but picturesque city
boasts a botanical garden.
: Bethesda by the Sea
Episcopal Church, 141 S. County Road, Palm Beach
, FL 33480-6107
Museum of Art & Gardens
- These gardens gracing the Episcopal Church were a 1931 gift by a
parishioner in memory of her parents.
: 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville
, FL 32204
- The creator of the gardens, Ninah Cummer, was the founder of the
first garden club in Florida and her gardens demonstrate a lifetime of devotion.
Through the Loggia from the Art Museum the visitor will be delighted by he Upper
Garden (plants that thrive in Florida), the English Garden (with a tea garden,
fountain and wisteria arbor), the Center Garden, and the Italian Garden
(fountain, rose garden, jasmine arbor, reflecting pools and the Great Cummer
South Lake Summit Drive (1 mile off US 27), Cypress Gardens
, FL 33884
Deerfield Beach Arboretum
- Amidst lakes and cypress swamps, the 200 acre family fun park
exhibits more than 8,000 varieties of plants and flowers from more than 90
countries as well as a glass enclosed butterfly conservatory (with over 1,000
butterflies in a tropical setting), an aviary, a zoo and seasonal floral
Constitution Park, 2841 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Deerfield Beach
, FL 33442
(954)480-4240 or 480-4430.
(M.E.) DePalma Park
- This 8 acre city arboretum, newly created, displays
labeled palms, flowering trees, native trees and exotic shade trees.
: Corner of NE 7th Avenue and NE 20th Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (800)879-5645
- This fascinating public garden, registered with the
National Wildlife Federation as a Wildlife Habitat, contains native and
other plants that attract birds and butterflies including over 100 varieties of native wildflowers and butterfly attracting trees, shrubs and plants such as:
Blanket Flower, Topical Sage, Wild Coffee,
Beautyberry, Cocoplum, Scarlet Milkweed,
Florida Mulhy Grass, Perennial Peanut Groudcover, Blue Porterweed, Penta, Slash Pine Tree, Gumbo Limbo, Wild Lime, Satin Leaf, and Mahogany.
The website has interesting facts about butterflies - did you know they
can see ultraviolet light?
: North of US 98 on County Road 395, P.O. Box 26,
, FL 32454 (850)231-4214.
Ernest Hemingway Museum
- Twelve acres of grounds surround the lovely
Wesley home, site of the former Wesley Lumber Mill and now a state park. The
gardens feature moss-draped live oaks over a hundred years old, camellias and
907 Whitehead Street, Key West
, FL 33040 (305)294-1136.
Eureka Springs Gardens
- Beautifully landscaped
gardens and a Spanish Colonial home where Hemingway wrote most of his great
novels are now open to visitors and home to descendants of Hemingway's 50 cats.
: Eureka Springs Park, 6400 Eureka Springs Road,
, FL 33610 (813)744-5536.
- This 31 acre botanical garden features rare and
unusual plants and a greenhouse, trellised walks, boardwalk and picnic area.
: 27180 Old US 41, Bonita Springs
, FL 34135-5405
Fairchild Tropical Garden
- A natural history museum features grounds with botanical gardens
and trees from around the world, not to mention exotic birds, panthers,
alligators, flamingos, bears and otters.
Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami)
, FL 33156 (305)667-1651.
Flamingo Gardens and Arboretum
- This 83 acre
botanical research and education center displays extensive collections of rare
tropical plants including palms (more than 712 species), cycads (more than 218
species), flowering trees, tropical fruit trees and vines. Features include
Windows to the Tropics (a 16,500 square foot conservatory), the Montgomery
Palmetum and the Bailey Palm Glade, McLamore Arboretum (a ten-acre display of
tropical flowering trees), the Lynn Fort Lummus Endangered Plant Garden, the
Keys Coastal Habitat (a 4 acre naturalistic garden), the Gate House Museum of
Plant Exploration, and a rainforest exhibit (including People of the Rainforest,
an ethnobotanical exhibit) and more.
: 3750 S. Flamingo Road,
, FL 33330 (954)473-2955.
- Sixty acres of citrus groves, subtropical forest and botanical
gardens showcases native and exotic plants and is home to a free-flight aviary,
butterfly garden and xeriscape garden. Take a 1.5 mile narrated tram ride
through hammocks, wetlands and citrus groves and see the alligators and
Gardens at Pinewood Cultural Park
: 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo
, FL 33774
Florida Institute of
Technology Botanical Garden
- This new facility will consist of 160 acres with a multitude of
gardens at the current site of the Pinellas County Extension Office.
: 150 W. University Boulevard, Melbourne
Fort DeSoto Park
- The campus displays beautifully landscaped grounds and more
than 200 species of palm trees. Thirty acres along a stream are devoted to
tropical gardens, a lush Florida forest of palms, water oaks, orchids, and
3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verd
e, FL 33715 (727)866-2484.
- This full
service park is situated on 5 interconnected islands.
Gladiolus Drive, South Fort Myers
, FL (941)432-2000 or (941)463-9356.
Fruit and Spice
- Touch and
smell the wonderful scents of native and exotic plants and walk a fruit and
spice path in this 277 acre public park. This garden will soon be expanded
into the Lakes Park Botanic Garden.
: 24801 SW 187th Avenue, Homestead
, FL 33031 (305)247-5727.
Plantation and Historic Site
- The unique
30-acre public facility exhibits over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables,
spices, herbs, and nuts from around the world. Visitors can find 100 varieties
of citrus, 65 varieties of bananas, 40 varieties of grapes, 60 bamboo varieties,
and numerous other exotic edibles and can, literally, munch their way through
this fabulous park.
: 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton
, FL 34222
- The mansion of this former sugar plantation, now a state park,
is surrounded by 16 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.
University of Miami Campus, Corner of San Amaro Drive and Campo Sano,
, FL 33146 (305)284-5364.
Kopsick Palm Arboretum
- This 50 year old arboretum, named after the
first graduate forester in the U.S., has recently undergone extensive
: North Shore Drive at 10th Avenue Northeast,
, FL 33713 (727)893-7335.
Gulf Breeze Zoo
- This 2 acre city arboretum now displays
more than 200 palms and cycads representing some 45 species from around the
world, and it (and the trees) continue to grow.
: 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze
Harry P. Leu Gardens
- This friendly zoo features 700 animals surrounded by botanical gardens
with walking paths.
: 1920 N. Forest
, FL 32803-1537 (407)246-2620.
Heathcote Botanical Gardens
- Miles of paths meander through 50
acres among ancient oaks, forests of camellias and giant camphors. Gardens
includes the largest Camellia Collection and formal Rose Garden in the South, a
herb garden, a butterfly garden, a palm garden, and a bamboo garden.
210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce
, FL 34982 (561)464-4672.
Helen Lind Garden
- 3 1/2 acres is all
that's left of this former nursery, but it's enough for lovely gardens that
feature paths bordered by orchid trees, a palm walk with more than 40 species,
numerous beds of intensively planted ornamental annuals, an herb garden and an
authentic Japanese Garden featuring a pond, bonsai display and many oriental
Lemoyne Art Foundation
, 125 North Gadsden Street, Tallahassee
, FL 32301-1594
Historic Spanish Point
- The Helen Lind Garden at the Foundation is the setting for
LeMoyne's collection of outdoor sculpture.
337 North Tamiami Trail, P.O. Box 846, Osprey
, FL 34229 (941)966-5214.
Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden
museum complex and archeological site showcases the creativity of Bertha Palmer,
who preserved the pioneer dwellings and Native American remains while creating
lovely garden landscapes, including the Sunken Garden and Pergola, the Duchene
Lawn and the Fern and Jungle Walk with the scenic aqueduct.
: North side of Watson Island off MacArthur
, FL (305)662-8008.
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens
- This city friendship garden, created in 1961
and renovated in 1988, features an 8 foot hight granite statue of Hotei, a
smiling god of prosperity, plus stone lanterns, an arbor, three bridges, and 500
: 1445 Millcoe Road,
, FL 32225.
Jacksonville Zoological Garden
This 120 acre arboretum is located on the site of an old strip mine. Now a
peaceful place of natural beauty, the arboretum offers trails through
the woods, by creeks and a lake, and naturalistic gardens.
8605 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville
, FL 32218 (904)757-4463.
- More than 800 rare and
exotic animals are features on 70 acres of landscaped grounds.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Drive, Sarasota
, FL 34243 (941)3599-5700.
- The Museum is modeled
on a Renaissance Tuscan Villa with an arched loggia that surrounded a courtyard
with lovely gardens and reproductions of Renaissance statuary.
: 4013 S.
Douglas Road, Coconut Grove
, FL 33133 (305)442-9318.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
- Kampong, a site of the
National Tropical Botanical Garden, was the home of an avid plant collector who
traveled the world looking for useful and beautiful plants. The grounds contain
significant collections of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees.
: 4700 SW 58th
, FL 32608 (352)372-4981.
Key West (Joe Allen) Garden Center
and West Martello Tower
- The 62 acre site overlooking
beautiful Lake Kanapaha displays 19 completed gardens (including a Butterfly
Garden, a Vinery, a Hummingbird Garden, an Herb Garden, a Rock Garden, a Water
Lily Pond, and Water Gardens). A 29 acre arboretum is under development.
: Atlantic Boulevard and White Street,
Koreshan State Historic Site
- The ruins of this Civil War fort and National Historic Site are
home to the Joe Allen Garden Center and Key West Garden Club. Growing amidst the
ruins are native and exotic trees and plants, including blooming orchids and
: Corkscrew Road off US 41,
, FL 33928
Kraft Azalea Gardens
- This riverside park contains the physical remains of a Utopian
Community including a restored historical building and gardens.
: Alabama Drive off Palmer Drive, Winter Park
(407)623-3334 or (407)599-3334.
Horticultural Learning Center
- An 11 acre public garden on the shores of Lake
: Discovery Gardens, 30205 SR 19,
Lauderdale Lakes Community Garden Club
- The Gardens are currently under construction so please
call ahead for an appointment. The site will display Discovery Gardens (plants
appropriate to Central Florida displayed in a park-like setting) and special
collections of herbs, flowers, roses, low maintenance landscape material, fruits
and vegetables, sub-tropical plants, aquatic, wetland, and shade-loving plants.
An oriental-style garden and large children's garden with a maze are also
: 4319 NW 51 Avenue,
, FL 33319 (954)739-0695.
Lowry Park Zoological Garden
- Community gardens provide a wonderful spot to grow food and flowers with all the benfits of a little socializing
thrown in. The enthusiasm of this club is shown all over its Facebook page, linked above.
7530 North Boulevard, Tampa
, FL 33604-4756 (813)935-8552.
Maclay State Gardens
- On this 24 acre site
in colorful lush surroundings are found the largest concentration of native
Florida wildlife exhibited in the state.
3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee
, FL 32308 (904)487-4115 or (904)487-9910.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
designing these gardens, Alfred Maclay mingled native plants and exotic plants
to create a setting of tranquil beauty. Although the gardens were designed to be
in bloom during the winter and early spring when the family was in residence,
Maclay emphasized the more subtle contrasts in texture and color. Special areas
include Oriental Magnolias, a Walled Garden, a Secret Garden, an Azalea
Hillside, a Camellia Walk, a Reflection Pool Vista and a Lake Walk.
: 811 S. Palm
, FL 34236 (941)366-5730.
McKee Botanical Garden
- The historic Selby estate contains 15
distinct garden areas including the Bamboo Pavilion, Banyan Grove, Baywalk
Sanctuary, Bromeliad Display, Cacti and Succulents, Cycad Collection, Hibiscus
Garden, Palm Grove, Tropical Display House, Tropical Food Garden, Waterfall
Garden and Butterfly Garden. The Mansion serves as a museum with botanical
350 U.S. Hwy. 1, Vero Beach
, FL 32962 (772)794-0601.
- 18 acres of restored tropical gardens (formerly the McKee Jungle Gardens) features subtropical jungle hammock,
filled with plants appropriate for horticultural growing zone 9B. This dense and diverse collection
also showcases several restored architectural treasures.
Garden Drive off Highway 17-92, Winter Park
, FL 32789 (407)599-3358.
Merrick House and
- Mead is a
55-acre urban garden, complete with a beautiful stream, birds, and hundreds of
native and exotic sub-tropical plants.
: 907 Coral Way, Coral Gables
, FL 33134 (305)460-5361.
- The 1899 home
of the founder of Coral Gables, George Merrick, has been restored to its 1920s
appearance. The 1.3 acre grounds feature herbs and native fruits and flowers.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
, FL 33109 (305)993-2024.
- This city
botanical garden, in the process of renovation, features 4 1/2 acres of tropical
and sub-tropical plants.
: 12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami
, FL 33177 (305)251-0400.
- Over 700
fabulous wild animals in a lush, subtropical cage-less environment (on small
islands resembling their natural habitats, surrounded by moats) can be viewed
from tram tours, behind the scene tours, and a monorail.
: 14805 SW 216 Street,
, FL 33170 (305)235-1611.
Foundation Botanical Center
- This 10 acre "biopark" where the monkeys run free
and the humans are enclosed in walkways includes 4 acres of Amazonian rainforest
with South American plants. The park is in the process of rebuilding after
: 11901 Old Cutler Road, Miami
, FL 33156
and Japanese Gardens
- The Foundation is dedicated to establishing scientifically
valuable collections of palms and cycads and to make them available for research
by scientists. The collections include over 5,500 palms representing more then
350 species and over 3,500 cyads representing more than 135 species. The site is
open by appointment to scientists, educators, students, historians, and
organized botanical groups.
: 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach
, FL 33446
Morningside Nature Center
- Donated by a early Japanese settler, Morikami Park offers 200
acres of tranquil pine forest, nature trails, lakes and waterfalls, shaded
picnic pavilions, Japanese Gardens and bonsai collections.
E. University Avenue, Gainsville
, FL 32641 (352)334-2170.
Mounts Botanical Garden
- An heirloom garden
and 225 species of wildflowers are among the attractions at this Living History
: 531 N.
Military Trail, West Palm Beach
, FL 33415-1395 (561)233-1749.
Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden
- This thirteen
acre site, a joint project of Palm Beach County and the University of Florida,
offers landscapes of tropical trees, tropical fruits, lush tropical foliage, and
native Florida plants. Collections include tropical fruit, citrus, roses, palms,
shade and flowering trees, herbs, rainforest and poisonous plants.
Free School Lane and Elizabeth Street (between Southard and Fleming Streets),
, FL 33040 (305)294-0015.
Naples Botanical Garden
- This artists' garden contains a collection of
rare tropical plants and tropical birds.
: 4820 Bayshore Drive,
, FL 34112, (239)643-7275, (877)433-1874.
- Transformed from a strip mall and parking lot, this
outstanding 170 acre site
features 70 acres of delightful cultivated tropical gardens (including
A Children's Garden, a Brazilian Garden, a Caribbean Garden, an Orchid
greenhouse and Butterfly house, a Florida Garden, and an Asian Garden) and
the Preserve, 90
acres of seven beautifully restored natural habitats. Plantings include
over 1000 varieties of orchids, 900 varieties of fruit, palm and other
trees, 900 kinds of cyads, 100 heliconia, and 300 varieties of plumeria.
Two lakes and an extensive wetland add to the garden's delights.
: 2267 Hempel Avenue,
, FL 34734 (407)445-9977
- Dr. Henry Nehrling founded Florida's first
experimental botanical garden in 1885 as a tourist attraction, then
later tested over 3000 tropical and sub-tropical plants and introduced
over 300 into Florida's landscape including palms, caladiums,
hybrid amaryllis, crinum, lilies, bamboos, hybrid magnolias and gloriosa
lilies. Now on the National Register of Historic Gardens, the
remaining 6 acres is undergoing rehabilitation and is open
for tours by appointment only. The estate showcases
historic plantings of giant palms, bamboos, bromeliads and Cycad with a
tree canopy that is over 125-years old and contains giant Podocarpus
Nagi, Auricaria Bidwilli, hybrid Magnolias, Oaks, Cedars, and other
: 14 St.
Frances Street, Saint Augustine
, FL 32084 (904)824-2872.
Ormond Memorial Gardens and Art
- Continuously occupied
since the early 1600s, the site of the Oldest House offers Ornamental Gardens
contain plants typical of those grown by Spanish, British and American occupants.
: 78 E. Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach
, FL 32174-6358 (904)676-3347.
Palm Hammock Orchid Estate
- Created with donated labor of World War II veterans, the site became the first
war memorial in Florida after World War II. The botanical garden, maintained by
a garden artisan, combines native plants and exotic flora and features small
ponds, the Peacock Fountain, a gazebo, and a new waterfall.
: 9995 S.W. 66 Street,
, FL 33173 (305)274-9813.
"Miami's secret garden", this nursery is an oasis of serenity
showcasing a selection
of rare and tropical plants. Features include a Butterfly Garden, waterfalls, water gardens, container gardens,
orchids, begonias hoyas, ferns, water lilies and other exotics.
: Worth Avenue,
Parrot Jungle and Gardens
Located between a commercial and residential area, this 1/2 acre botanical garden was created by the
Preservation Society of Palm Beach and features upland and wetland areas designed to display indigenous trees, shrubs,
grasses, and wild flowers in naturally occurring relationships to each other. The garden showcases more than 300 species of native plants, many
of which are endangered.
Cultivars of native species are planted in seasonal floral display areas to highlight possible choices for home landscaping.
: 11000 SW
56th Avenue, Miami
, FL 33156 (305)666-7834. T
- These lush tropical gardens,
situated in a lovely setting of cascading waterfalls, meandering streams and a
serene lake, display over 1,200 varieties of exotic plants including heliconias,
bananas, orchids and bromeliads. Within this jungle setting can be found a large
collection of tropical birds, exotic reptiles, indigenous mammals and endangered
: Twigg Street, Palatka
, FL (904)329-3721.
- The only formally
landscaped state park, the 59 acres of ravines were planted during the WPA era
with over 95,000 azaleas of 64 varieties, 11,000 palm trees and more than
250,000 ornamental plants complemented by extensive fieldstone terraces, rock
gardens and massive cypress building construction is typical of the time.
The Casements Cultural Center, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach
, FL 32176-6520
Sarasota Garden Club
- The former home of John D. Rockefeller, the Casements is a
cultural center with two acres of graciously restored Gardens.
Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota
, FL 34236 (941)955-0875.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
- The historic home of
the Garden Club is surrounded by a garden that features a 1/2 acre pond, a
Butterfly Garden, a Children's Haven, and a Quiet Garden.
3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
, Florida 34234 (877)861-6547.
Sensory Garden and Butterfly Garden
- This family park
features 10 acres of gardens displaying native and exotic flora together with
some Florida fauna.
: Bill Dreggors Park, 230 North Stone
Society of the Four Arts
- This lovely sensory garden was created by the Garden Club
of DeLand for the benefit of the visually impaired and physically handicapped. A
nearby butterfly garden attracts butterflies.
Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach
, FL 33480 (407)655-7226.
South Florida Museum, Bishop
Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium
- Dedicated to encouraging an
appreciation of art, music, drama and literature, the Society also offers
horticultural gardens and the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden. Designed as
demonstration gardens to display tropical plants suitable for landscaping in the
South Florida climate, the gardens include a Chinese Garden (with a moongate and
authentic statuary), a rock garden, a Spanish facade with its decorative well, a
Madonna garden, a formal fountain, a fragrant rose garden and small herb garden.
: 20110th Street West,
FL 34205 (941)746-4131.
(George and Ann) Sturgeon Memorial Rose Garden
- A reproduction of Hernando DeSoto's sixteenth century
home in Spain includes a lovely Spanish Courtyard. Don't miss "Snooty" the
: Serenity Gardens
Memorial Park, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo
, FL 34644 (813)595-2914).
Subtropical Horticulture Research Station
cemetery contains an All America Rose Selections accredited rose garden.
: 13601 Old Cutler Road,
Sugar Mill Gardens
- This U.S. Dept of Agriculture Research Station focuses on tropical plants,
especially economic ones.
: 950 Old Mill Road, Port Orange/Daytona Beach
- The ruins of a sugar mill and 40 year old dinosaurs from a former
theme park are surrounded by 12 acres of botanical gardens, maintained by the
Botanical Gardens of Volusia.
: 1825 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg
, FL 33704 (727)896-3186.
Thomas Edison Winter Home &
- This botanical garden, one of the oldest in the state, dates back to 1903 when
back to 1903 when George Turner, Sr., began to convert a five acre tract along
Fourth Street North into a botanical garden by draining a pond. The fertile pond
muck, 10 feet below street level, was developed into a nursery and later a
tourist attraction. Over 4,000 varieties of plants representing virtually every
tropical and sub-tropical country in the world and up to 50,000 annuals are
displayed every year at the gardens.
: 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
, FL (941)334-3614.
inventor's fourteen acre riverfront estate exhibits the original furnishings,
laboratory and botanical gardens of rare and exotic tropical vegetation
including a banyan tree that is four hundred feet around.
: P.O. Box 2695, Palm Beach
, FL 33480 (561)655-7116.
University of Central Florida
subtropical rain forest, developed from cleared land in a quarter of a century,
showcases some 2000 varieties of plants and a tree canopy extending 100 feet
: 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando
, FL 32816-2368
South Florida Botanical Garden
- This 80 acre arboretum features 12 acres of gardens (including a
Rose Garden, Greenhouse, Conservatory Compound, Cycad Garden, Palm Collection,
Bromeliad Sanctuary, Swamp Habitat, Fern garden, Wetland Plants Display) as well
as a Sandpine-Wild Rosemary Scrub, Longleaf Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock, Oak
Scrub, Palm Strand, Pond Pine Community, Cypress Slough, Cypress Dome, Black Gum
Pond, and a 9 Acre man-made Lake. The web site answers that age-old question --
what is an arboretum?
: Location: Pine and Alumni Drive, Mail:
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SCA 238, Tampa
, FL 33620-5150 (813)974-2329.
displays include hardy palms, a Bromeliad Garden, an Herb Garden, a Butterfly
Garden, a Carnivorous Plant Bog (Yikes!), a Riparian (Wetland) Forest, a Fruit
Orchard, Flowering Trees, a Rain Forest Shade Garden, a White Sand Scrub and a
Conservatory. A collection of rare Begonias can be seen by appointment. The
labels are colored coded to denote native (red), exotic (blue) and edible
3251 S. Miami Avenue, Miami
, FL 33129 (305)250-9133.
Washington Oaks State Gardens
- This Italian Renaissance-style 34 room villa (a
winter residence) features over 10 acres of formal gardens and
fountains. Visitors can view the gardens by moonlight. Walt Disney
World: P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Site of an All
America Rose Selections Display Garden, located in the Magic Kingdom
between Cinderella's Castle and Tomorrowland. There are more than 100
varieties and 13,000 rose plants throughout Walt Disney World.
: 6400 North Oceanshor Boulevard, (south of
Marineland), Palm Coast
, FL 32127 (904)446-6780.
- An oak hammock nestled between
the ocean and a river provides a unique garden setting for an abundance of
native and exotic plants. Magnificent live oaks shade gardens filled with lovely
camellias, azaleas, and roses. Citrus trees surround the perimeter.