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.
Consider volunteering or supporting your local botanical garden!