I’ve heard a lot of commentary over the years that Florida doesn’t have seasons. That’s not entirely true — we have shorter, but noticeable changes in our weather and landscape throughout the year. Go to one of our many botanical gardens or state parks right now and the flowers will prove it to you.
In fact, from late October through April our weather is down right delightful, I would even describe this time of year as balmy. Officially Spring is March 20 to June 21, but Floridians know that this last stretch of April is really the end of our pleasant Spring weather. It’s a perfect time to stroll through a botanical garden, listed here are a few options.
Leu Gardens, in Orlando, is one my favorite places to soak up the last bits of Spring weather. Beyond the gorgeous gardens, Leu is truly a community hub. They offer all kinds of events and classes such as rose tours, blues concerts, movie nights, aromatherapy and cooking sessions – even classes about native snakes (which are useful in your garden!). Be sure to check out their upcoming events calendar.
If you’re on Instagram follow leugardens – not only are there photos from the gardens, but you can learn a thing or two.
Mead Botanical Gardens
Mead Gardens is in the city of Winter Park, and it’s a fantastic free garden to explore. They do accept donations, though. The gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk and you can bring your pup (leashed of course). It’s 48 acres of oasis to enjoy butterfly gardens, native plant displays, a picnic and much more.
Horticulturist Henry Nehrling purchased acres of land in the 1880s in Gotha (west Orange County) to experiment with tropical and subtropical plants. What remains is Nehrling Gardens, a Florida Heritage landmark. The gardens are open to the public two Saturdays a month. The historic home and gardens are in the process of being restored, so there are plenty of opportunities to learn from volunteers as well.
Happy Spring to you!