Monday, January 13, 2020

Paradise in Pinellas County

Instead of working in our back yard, we decided to visit the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, FL. Never been there even though it is not that far away from Myrtle Glen.





The Botanical Gardens are just one part of the Pinellas County Paradise, there is also the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and the Heritage Village. 


We only had enough time for the Gardens but will be back to explore the Heritage Village. 


Of course, the Tropical Garden is my favorite, lush foliage and feathery ferns growing along the waterway.



Follow the Tropical Walk and you get to the Vinery, trellis supported vines are growing right and left of the walkway


There is also a small Palm-, Azalea-, and Cactus & Succulent Garden close by.
Walking along McKay Creek and its Wetlands was very pleasant this time of year.



Don't molest the Alligators! We saw many warning signs posted but all the Alligators were in hiding. I guess they didn't want us to molest them.


We kept following the wide path leading by the Pond Demonstration Area, through the Tropical Fruit Garden and around the Extension office building which was surrounded by several small Gardens, the Ground Cover Demo Area, Herb -, Butterfly-, and Native Garden


There is even a spacious Wedding Garden, walled in for privacy.


The Bromeliad Garden was glowing in the low afternoon sunlight


We enjoyed sitting for a while at this magical hidden pond, the fountain spray kept the duckweed at a perfect circle


Plenty of chairs, benches, and other opportunities to sit, relax and soak in Nature's Beauty.




This tiered fountain filled with succulents is so pretty! It reminded me, I had pinned several photos to my 'I want this' folder. I just need to first find a reasonably priced fountain. 



We sure had a nice visit and we will be back. We missed the Holiday light display by a few days, and I will have to check their calendar for the Annual Plant Sale. 
For more information check the website: http://www.flbg.org/gardens.htm



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