Botanical Gardens In and Around Tampa Bay

Bromeliads at the Florida Botanical Gardens

February begins Spring in Florida. Many tourists head this way, tired of the cold weather that is likely to last up north until May.  One great way to enjoy Florida is through visits to one or more of the botanical gardens throughout Florida.These are great places to run, walk, sit or best of all take photographs of birds and lovely flowers. I took many of these on my morning run this week, through the Florida Botanical Gardens, using my 25-50mm lens set to a macro setting, compensating for the incredibly lovely sun, or using my 75-300 mm telephoto lens.Watching Birds is a Favorite Pastime

Snowy EgretBe sure to check out the website of your local botanical garden before you leave. Determine if they are members of the   American Horticultural Society.  As a member you get reciprocal admission privileges throughout the country. This can really add up to some great savings as some gardens charge as much as $25 for a single visit.

February in Florida fills with color as we have the tail-end of the camellia season and the beginning of the azalea season in Central and Southern Florida. Succulents also bloom in the Spring.

 

Easy day trips for those in Tampa Bay are the Florida Botanical Gardens, Marie Selby Gardens, Sunken Gardens, Bok Tower and the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens. Check out some of my photos from this and previous years. Afternoons bring out the butterflies and napping among the Flamingos (at Sunken Gardens).

Flamingos at Sunken GardensFlorida Botanical Gardens Butterfly Gardens