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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flowers of all different varieties, sizes, and colors grow there.
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.
Several water ponds to enjoy.
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.
Tips for visiting your local garden:
- Wear comfy shoes
- Dress for the weather and remember sunscreen since you will be outdoors
- Bring water
- Grab a map or visit the garden’s website and plan your route
- Arrive early if you are wanting to see birds and other creatures
- Check with the gardens to see if you are allowed to bring a picnic
- Make this a teaching moment with children
- Don’t forget your camera
- Check with the gardens on the days they are open and times
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I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!