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Lush Gardens in Florida
With inherent natural beauty at every turn, Florida's gardens are meant to inspire and delight. Ranging in size and styles, from formal native meditative botanical plant collections to historic landscapes and showcase theme gardens, visit them all while traveling to the Sunshine State.
Venture into the Amazon at the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando and step inside a jungle oasis right in central Florida. Featuring a butterfly garden and plants in every shade, expect to be impressed with Mother Nature’s creations. Nearby, also check out Bok Tower Gardens, a 50-acre 1930’s estate and National Historic Landmark featuring a 205-foot Singing Tower that remains one of the main focal points of the gardens.
When in South Florida, check out Butterfly World in Coconut Creek that has more than 10 acres of butterfly and bird aviaries inside a lush botanical garden. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach offer a unique cultural experience with its 16 –acre Japanese gardens that feature a world-class bonsai collection, strolling paths, koi ponds, pine forests, and picnic areas.
On the Gulf Coast, head to the historic village of Old Bonita Springs and visit the Everglades Wonder Gardens. With 3.5 acres of lush Florida wildlife and plants, experience one of the premier outdoor destinations in the region.
Bok Tower Gardens
Another must-see attraction in the Orlando area, is the Bok Tower Gardens.
Located on 50 acres in Lake Wales, this incredible National Historic Landmark features the historic 1930s Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate, the former home of C. Austin Buck.
While on the garden grounds, be sure to tour this magnificent 20-room mansion near Auburndale and Winter Haven. More than 23 million Orlando area travelers have visited Bok Tower Gardens, making it one of Florida's most popular attractions.
The 205-foot Singing Tower remains one of the main focal points of the gardens and features a Carilion.
Enjoy strolling along the Pine Ridge Trail, take your time through the meandering gardens and step inside the nature observatory to view the birds and butterflies.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Comprised of over 60 acres, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is located in Gainesville, and operated by the North Florida Botanical Society. Tour the gardens to view over 20 collections of plants, including the largest bamboo display in Florida.
Bring your camera to capture the giant Victoria water lilies, the herb garden, and Asain snake arums. The gardens' paved walkways are perfect for ease of strolling the grounds.
Be sure to visit the gift shop for unique items, including art and items from around the world. The gardens also host special events in Gainesville including the Spring Garden Festival and the Moonlight Walk.
Located in the heart of West Blalock Park, the Venice Arboretum acts as a shaded reprieve for guests of the west-central Florida coast. Explore a variety of trees found in the region and let the kids play around with a statue of a manatee, a sea turtle, and a Florida panther in the heart of Venice.
Burroughs Home & Gardens
One of Fort Myers' oldest homes, the Burroughs Home & Gardens is one of the Gulf Coast's top spots for weddings, receptions, private parties, and family gatherings in the Fort Myers area.
Enjoy the antique furniture and historical artifacts of the home itself, alongside the lush grounds and gardens, featuring live oaks and waterfront views.
Everglades Wonder Gardens
Located in the historic village of Old Bonita Springs, the Everglades Wonder Gardens is home to 3.5 acres of lush Florida wildlife and plants representative of the southwest Florida gulf coast. Plan your next visit to Florida and experience one of the premier outdoor destinations in the region.
Explore alligator pools, flamingo ponds, duck ponds, tortoise exhibits and more. The gardens are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The history of the Everglades Wonder Gardens dates back to 1936, when the park was first established. It was one of the first of Florida's "Golden Age of Roadside Attractions," and is one of the last few remaining.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Open to the public every day except Christmas, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens features some of the most diverse collections of plants and flowers in Sarasota and the west central Florida region. The gardens are split into several divisions – including the Mulfort B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center.
Explore greenhouses, gardens, herbariums, and the Christy Payne House, which features botanical art and photography exhibits. Further distinctive divisions like the Banyan Groves, Bonsai Garden, Tropical Fruit Garden, the Mangrove Forest, and the collection of more than 6,000 orchids.
Naples Botanical Garden
Set on 90 acres, the Naples Botanical Garden is set in Naples along the Florida Gulf Coast. Founded in 1993, the Naples Garden features six themed cultivated gardens and over two miles of walking trails – and can also be referred to as the Gardens with Latitude.
Located on Bayshore Drive, the Naples Botanical Garden is home to educational programs, a children's summer camp, and an on-site boutique.
From November to April, visitors may enjoy tours of the Lea Asian Garden and the Kapnick Caribbean Garden, or set off on your own to explore the Scott Florida Garden or the Brazilian Garden. Travelers with family in tow need visit the Smith Children's Garden.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Opened in 1936, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, located right on the west-central Florida coast in Sarasota, evokes the Florida jungle before the advent of explorers and civilization. The park is home to over 150 species native to the region, including exhibits showcasing reptiles, birds of prey, mammals, and more.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens is known for housing a large quantity of American Flamigos – migrating from central and South America. Schedule your visit accordingly – certain shows, like the Wildlife Wonder, Jungle Bird Show, and Reptile Encounter, are on only at specific times.