Florida Botanical Gardens



Florida Botanical Garden Mission

Butterfly on a flowerThe Florida Botanical Gardens will be an educational and leisure resource for Pinellas County by:

  • implementing interactive, age-appropriate exhibits in both the Garden
    and in the Visitors Center
  • developing and utilizing leading edge resources and research information
  • developing signature gardens and exhibits
  • providing rotating gardens and exhibits
  • permitting ease of access to the programs of the UF/Cooperative Extension Service
  • working closely with educational, vocational social and cultural institutions locally, statewide and regionally
  • integrating sustainable practice education into the exhibits and programs
  • adhering rigorously to accessibility requirements

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Bromeliad GardenThe Florida Botanical Gardens will be a model of conservation and sustainable practice by:

  • applying the principles of green architecture
  • utilizing energy-and water-efficient Xeriscape techniques
  • adhering to the principles of climate-appropriate design (hurricane resistance)
  • utilizing alternative water sources for irrigation and water feature (reclaimed water, etc.)
  • Focusing on local condition, native plants and appropriate non-native, non-invasive ornamentals

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Garden viewThe Florida Botanical Gardens will communicate an attractive, enjoyable and memorable image by:

  • providing relevant programs and services which respond to community needs
    through an ongoing community consultation process
  • showcasing the beauty and diversity of horticulture by blending aesthetic,
    educational and functional uses harmoniously
  • designing attractive, low maintenance plantings and facilities which give the
    Center an indoor/outdoor character
  • appealing to all the the senses
  • allowing citizens to make use of the facilities for special events
  • being of "World Class" quality

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McKay CreekThe Florida Botanical Gardens will respond to the natural site by:

  • designing the facility to blend into the site through style, color and energy efficiency
  • utilizing material that are compatible with existing vegetative communities
  • preserving undisturbed areas by minimal impacts
  • re-meandering McKay Creek
  • preserving the native canopy to the extent\t possible
  • implementing buffers of wildlife-friendly habitat in the transition zones between

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Natural AreaGardens and Natural Areas

  • restoring wetland
  • removing invasives in natural areas