Florida Botanical Gardens

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At The Florida Botanical Gardens!

With spring approaching, Pinellas County gardeners are getting ready for a riot of colorful blooms, including Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Magnolia, and Oleander, to name a few.  There’s even an array of flowering plants with a uniquely Florida “beach” theme at this time of year . . . including Beach Sunflower, Coral Creeper, Coral Honeysuckle, Shell Flower, and Shrimp Plant!

The Florida Botanical Gardens inspires and educate visitors by showcasing flora, fauna and natural resources in surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques.  With over 30 acres of cultivated gardens and 90 acres of natural areas, the Florida Botanical Gardens are a unique local treasure.

The Gardens beautiful outdoor classroom is the perfect place to learn about plants, animals and responsible gardening.

Discover Florida’s wildlife, habitats and why our natural areas are so important.

Home gardeners, as well as flower and plant enthusiasts, will want to visit the Seasonal Garden Display.  These beds are created to show off the best flowering annuals for use in Florida gardens. Plantings are changed three times a year.  This area is a great place to see what’s growing (and what to plant) at this time of year!

For family fun, riddle me this . . . What is yellow and green and fun all over?

The Children’s Trail at Florida Botanical Gardens, of course!

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Follow Flora on this Trail Just for Kids!

Flora will show you weird and wonderful things as you explore the Florida Botanical Gardens.

With the aid of a map (available for download on the Garden’s website or at the Garden’s Welcome Center), start at the Butterfly Garden, hike over to the boardwalk Tree Station, and scan for wildlife with the binoculars near the pond. Then stroll through the Fruit Garden, while the Garden’s mascot, Flora, teaches fun facts about Florida fruits. It is fun for kids of all ages! 

You may wish to visit the Garden’s neighbor, Heritage Village, where you will find a fascinating collection of historical buildings lovingly restored to their original condition with fascinating interpretation including a host of knowledgeable docents to help you understand the buildings you enjoy.

Shopping is made easy at the Botanical Bounty Gift Shop. The shelves are “blooming” with gift ideas to accommodate the wishes of friends and family.

Visit Florida Botanical Gardens website and click on the Seasonal Guide to discover what is blooming in Pinellas County right now!

Many of the website’s featured plants can be found in Pinellas County’s parks and preserves, as well as in backyard gardens!  In addition to the seasonal guide chart, you can find tips and fact sheets on the care and maintenance of popular garden plants from the Pinellas County Extension.

Bring the family and spend a day. The Florida Botanical Gardens are open every day of the year and admission is free!

Discover Paradise in Pinellas County . . . we refer to it as Paradise Found!

Open daily from 7A to 7P.

Located at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774.

Website:  http://www.flbg.org

For information call:  1+ 727-582-2100

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CREDITS: Images and content provided courtesy of The Florida Botanical Gardens.  Florida Botanical Gardens is part of the Pinellas County Cultural, Education & Leisure Department. www.flbg.org.  February, 2011.

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