The Florida Botanical Gardens is a sight to see, especially in April

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Now's a great time to behold the Florida Botanical Gardens — 30 acres of cultivated gardens and 90 areas of natural landscapes — brought to you in living color by Pinellas County and Mother Nature.

"The gardens are in bloom all year round, but the month of April is our peak time," said Chuck Scaffidi, president of the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, which helps the county maintain the gardens by providing volunteers and raising funds.

The gardens are part of the county's Pinewood Cultural Park, which also includes Pinellas County Extension, Heritage Village and the recently opened Florida Gulf Coast Fishing Center and Interactive Museum.

Admission to the gardens is free.

April is Water Conservation Month in Florida, so make sure to visit the native plant gardens, which feature low-maintenance, Florida-friendly plants. Other specialty gardens showcase herbs, tropical fruits, succulents, bromeliads and butterfly-attracting varieties.

The more formal wedding garden, where several hundred couples have taken their vows, is a dazzling sight to see. In the interest of saving water and money, mosaic garden art has replaced the water fountains that once bubbled here. Bring your camera and photograph your friends and family with roses, topiaries and showy flowers as a backdrop.

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IF YOU GO

Florida Botanical Gardens

Where: 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Hours: Open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. On Easter Sunday, the gardens will be open but all buildings will be closed.

Admission: Free

Info: (727) 582-2100 or

www.flbg.org

The Florida Botanical Gardens is a sight to see, especially in April 04/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2012 5:45pm]

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