For every BIG botanical garden, be it the Huntington, Longwood, Chanticleer or Biltmore and more, there are hundreds of local, lesser known gardens. They may be smaller, but their efforts just as worthy. These gardens still need weeding and watering by hard-working volunteers.
While visiting my in-laws in Spring Hill, Florida, they took me to see the Nature Coast Botanical Garden. We were walking off the delicious fish tacos from BeckyJacks Food Shack down the road in Weeki Wachee, home of the live mermaid shows.
Tucked away in a residential area off the main road, it is a charming collection of themed gardens; rain forest, bromeliad beds, cactus garden, butterfly garden, fantasy garden, tea garden, you get the idea. It's an ambitious undertaking, delightfully designed under the arms of spreading live oaks.
And there's a nursery too!
While I'm on the road, enjoys these photos from the Nature Coast Botanical Garden...and help identify these tropical beauties I don't encounter up north.
Bromeliads under oaks
Tiered fountain of succulents
Is this a type of philodendron or dracena or what? Help!
Very tall red pentas
Beautiful tiles on a patio area
Part of the rain forest
Ginormous staghorn fern
Identify please! Is this a fruiting plant above?
These pink tipped bromeliads catch the light, so pretty
This plant has thready things hanging down, what in the heck?
Purple on pedestal
This island and pond is surrounded by a model railroad
Down the path
Nopal cactus starting to bloom
The spreading arms of live oak reach across the gardens
Consider volunteering or supporting your local botanical garden!