It all began in the late 1990’s when a small group of dedicated garden lovers dreamt of creating a verdant oasis in the heart of Pinellas County. It is through their efforts the Florida Botanical Gardens opened in December 2000, converting 100 acres in the middle of the most densely populated county in Florida into a diverse garden paradise.
Garden areas are devoted to unique botanical specimens, showcasing outstanding tropical and subtropical flora and fauna, as well as incorporating water and art features. You will see themed formal gardens, featuring roses, topiaries, palms, vines, succulents and azaleas, as well as gardens dedicated to native plants, tropical fruit, herbs and butterflies. The Children’s Trail delights younger visitors as they walk from station to station learning about fruit, trees, wildlife and butterflies. Musical instruments and educational games make for an enjoyable learning experience.
The Foundation has been a major supporter of the gardens since its inception. Foundation events help promote community awareness and generate resources to support growth and enhancements. Holiday Lights in the Gardens provides an enchanting evening where the Gardens are decorated with more than one million sparkling, eco-friendly LED lights.
Visit often, bring a friend, a picnic and discover seasonal delights. Admission is always free. Please help preserve and support this remarkable Pinellas County gem --
Become an FBGF member today!