Relax and Enjoy Visiting Local Gardens & Tips

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening, and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

I have been to several gardens and each one is so beautiful in its own right. With something for all ages and interests, a place to learn about plants, to marvel at nature, to relax in a beautiful setting, to take gardening classes, or to have a wedding or meeting.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

One of my most recent garden visits was at Discovery Gardens in Lady Lake, Florida which is run by the UF Extension Office in Lake County. Local Extension offices in your state are the perfect places to check out for a local garden in your area. Lake County’s Discovery Gardens are an educational resource developed to support programs in horticulture, gardening, landscape design, and natural resource management.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

The gardens are located on a 3 1/2 acre site made up of 20 major theme gardens, each designed to show a different gardening aspect in Central Florida.  There are more than 700 different plants and is dedicated to demonstrating how homeowners can accomplish the landscape they want. All plants are labeled and more information may be found in the main building.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

One of the gardens was made with several varieties of bromeliads. They make great houseplants but remember they are tropical and will need lots of light.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

Contrary to those who come to visit Florida to only see tropical palm trees, here in Central Florida, there are only a couple of palm varieties that can withstand the freezing temps we have sometimes. You will see more palms on the coastline. Live Oaks and pine trees are what you see the most of. There are other varieties of trees which can grow here too.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

Flowers of all different varieties, sizes, and colors grow there.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

Different varieties of roses can be found in the rose garden. The plant on the bottom right is called White Red Bleeding Heart vine and I really want one of those for my garden. So beautiful and different. It’s very tropical for Zones 9-11 and can be planted in pots.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

Several water ponds to enjoy.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

And butterflies everywhere. Even though we visited in November, there were many species enjoying all the nectar they could find. This variety of butterfly is called the Tiger Swallowtail.

Spring is the perfect time to visit local gardens to relax and enjoy in. Learn about plants, gardening and tips on preparing to visit a garden.

Tips for visiting your local garden:

  1. Wear comfy shoes
  2. Dress for the weather and remember sunscreen since you will be outdoors
  3. Bring water
  4. Grab a map or visit the garden’s website and plan your route
  5. Arrive early if you are wanting to see birds and other creatures
  6. Check with the gardens to see if you are allowed to bring a picnic
  7. Make this a teaching moment with children
  8. Don’t forget your camera
  9. Check with the gardens on the days they are open and times
  10. Enjoy!!

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Enjoy,

Tammy

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15 Comments

  1. I always love visiting gardens! They are so peaceful and calm. I always enjoy taking in the scenery, especially because I do not have a garden. I am terrible in the yard, so I admire other people’s work.

  2. My mother taught me to love gardens all types of gardens. I love spending the day strolling and see all the different plants.

  3. I love visiting gardens. I am not able to have one myself, so visiting them is the next best thing. I grew up surrounded by gardens, both vegetable and flowers. But we don’t have the space for one now. And I don’t have as green of a thumb as my Mom does and my Dad did.

  4. I love going to the local garden and just relaxing. It’s so quiet and it’s beautiful you can just sit there and enjoy the day without a whole lot of distraction. This place looks beautiful.

  5. I love visiting gardens although I don’t get the chance very often. It’s always nice to bring a camera to create lasting memories.

  6. Oh my goodness what a beautiful garden. Those flowers are absolutely stunning, I wish I had green fingers and could really make a garden beautiful.

  7. Great tips! I love visiting nature preserves and gardens with my camera and a walking buddy. It’s healthy to walk outdoors and is great for the mind, too! At this time of the year, we don’t have the lush vegetation you do in Florida. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have beautiful Florida weather in Cleveland right now. 🙂

  8. Great tips! I love visiting local gardens here too because it’s pretty and relaxing!

  9. Wow, those photos are so beautiful. I love visiting gardens as well. You can get see so many beautiful flowers and such.

  10. I love seeing the different gardens! This one is lovely and brought back memories of when I lived in Florida as a kid.

  11. Love these tips! I am planning to visit a local garden next weekend. I love seeing beautiful flowers.

  12. There is indeed something special about visiting gardens, especially in the Spring. The brilliant buds just opening up and the vibrant colors and smell. Absolutely lovely. The Discovery Gardens in Florida are spectacular. Wow! Good tip about comfortable shoes. You do tend to walk quite a bit 🙂

  13. I don’t think any of my local gardens are near as pretty as this one, but these are all super great tips! Making me want to spend an afternoon unwinding at a garden..

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