The Florida Botanical Gardens, A Tampa Bay Favorite

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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.

Entrance to The Florida Botanical Garden



Entrance to The Florida Botanical Garden detail




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.


The Florida Botanical Garden is filled with beautiful walkways.


Entrance to garden

The garden promotes eco friendly gardening and preserving Florida's natural environment.




View of water from walkway, Florida Botanical Gardens



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.



rose Don Juan



Magnolia bud, Florida Botanical Garden


Florida Botanical Garden has lush plantings


Florida Botanical Garden has lush plantings.




Florida Botanical Garden blooms



Japanese lanterns hibiscus.


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.


Mussaenda erythrophylla, commonly known as Ashanti blood, red flag bush and tropical dogwood, is an evergreen West African shrub.



pink tropical dogwood


The Botanical Garden is a popular venue for weddings and special events too.



Florida Botanical Garden Wedding Gazebo


There are many paths to follow throughout the gardens.



When you’re in central Florida, do take a day and explore the Florida Botanical Garden.



Florida Botainical Garden an urban oasis.



Beautiful 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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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

14 thoughts to “The Florida Botanical Gardens, A Tampa Bay Favorite”

  1. What a peaceful spot. We were at the McKee Botanical gardens when we visited my in-laws last year. If I lived in the area it would be a place I’d spend a considerable amount of time in as it was incredibly relaxing and peaceful.

    1. I agree – I visited Mckee aome years ago and it is wonderful. I love spending time in a peaceful garden. It rejuvenates me.

  2. Wow Carol, I have lived in the Bay area for almost my whole life,and I never knew about these gardens. I will have to make a trip over the bridge and visit one day.,,,,when it gets a little warmer 😉

    1. It’s close to Tampa in Largo, Florida which is in Pinellas County. Busch Gardens is pretty too but now is known mostly for rides.

  3. What a beautiful place! I wish I had known about these botanical gardens when I lived in Tampa. Thank you for sharing!

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