Pinellas County Florida Botanical Gardens 12520 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33774
For me one of the highlights of the Tampa Bay Area is the Florida Botanical Gardens. The Gardens is a Pinellas County learning experience as well as a beautifully exotic horticultural garden. It officially opened to the public on Dec. 2, 2000, and currently showcases 25 gardens and display areas with 10,000 plants on 150 acres. Admission is free but a donation of $2.00 is suggested to help fund the maintenance of the gardens. It is open Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm and is closed on weekends and on county holidays. There are special hours of operation for the Christmas Light display which you can see here.
The Florida Botanical Garden is an oasis in an urban environment to inspire and educate visitors. It is a dazzling array of tropical plants–from fruits and herbs to hibiscus and bromeliads. The Master Gardener volunteers are dedicated to promoting environmentally friendly techniques, but don’t feel obligated to take a guided tour. There are many paths to go down with something new to discover each time.
Over 150 types of birds, mammals, and reptiles have been documented on site. Several endangered or
threatened species including Bald Eagles, Gopher tortoises and Sherman Fox squirrels make their home
I love the website’s list of potential blooms in the garden by month. If you’re visiting Tampa Bay, the list will give you an idea of what’s in bloom.
Mussaenda erythrophylla, commonly known as Ashanti blood, red flag bush and tropical dogwood, is an evergreen West African shrub. The bracts of the shrub may have different shades, including red, rose, white, pale pink or some mixtures.
The Botanical Garden is a popular venue for weddings and special events too.
When you’re in central Florida, do take a day and explore the Florida Botanical Garden.
If you visit Tampa bay around the holidays, be sure to come to the garden for the light show!
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