Florida Botanical Gardens


  Sustainability at the Florida Botanical Gardens  

What is Sustainability?
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Sustainability has been defined as "the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." (Brundtland Commission, 1987)

What does this mean for a botanical garden? We strive to set examples of sustainable practices and actively teach these practices to the public.

Sustainable Practices at the Gardens

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Whenever possible, the management of our 120 acre garden is conducted with environmental sensitivity, economic parity and with the needs of the community in mind.

Reduced use of pesticides keeps our waterway, Mc Kay Creek clean. We have reduced the amount of energy inputs throughout the gardens by changing management practices. We continue to provide a free, educational and pleasurable experience to our guests.

Teaching Sustainability
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Teaching sustainability at the Florida Botanical Gardens takes many forms. Our popular self-guided tours include facts and facets of the relationship between plants and people around the world. Our youth programs teach the next generations how to face life in a changing world. Simply visiting the gardens and reading plant labels helps our visitors make low-impact choices for their gardens.

Pinellas County Extension faculty and educators teach a variety of workshops that help citzens learn simple Florida and family friendly strategies and practices that will help save energy, improve health, and save our community’s natural resources.