25 awesome Florida botanical gardens you probably didn't know existed

Behind every great hedge is an even greater garden. But what's even better than that are the gardens that only a select few know about. They say exploration expands the mind, so ditch the concrete jungle for something a little more exotic with these Florida botanical gardens.

 

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The Kampong
4013 Douglas Road, Miami | 305-442-7169
Beyond the rock wall is something even the locals don’t know about—the Kampong. Famed horticulturalist Dr. David Fairchild introduced 30, 000 plant species while living here, such as mangos and bamboo. Kampong is also known for the famous Ylang Ylang tree which provides necessary oils for Chanel No. 5.
Photo via The Kampong Facebook
The Kampong
4013 Douglas Road, Miami | 305-442-7169
Beyond the rock wall is something even the locals don’t know about—the Kampong. Famed horticulturalist Dr. David Fairchild introduced 30, 000 plant species while living here, such as mangos and bamboo. Kampong is also known for the famous Ylang Ylang tree which provides necessary oils for Chanel No. 5.

Photo via The Kampong Facebook
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami | 305-250-9133
Built on the water’s edge in 1923, this Venetian villa is a must-see when visiting Miami. A walk around the outside will have you dreaming of Europe, so just imagine the culture-overload when you check out all the art, furniture and structures should you trek inside the museum.
Photo via Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Facebook
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami | 305-250-9133
Built on the water’s edge in 1923, this Venetian villa is a must-see when visiting Miami. A walk around the outside will have you dreaming of Europe, so just imagine the culture-overload when you check out all the art, furniture and structures should you trek inside the museum.

Photo via Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Facebook
Roji-en Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach | 561-495-0233
“Strolling through pine forest or bamboo grove, viewing the rock formations, arrangements of plants and cascading waterfalls, pausing to ponder the quiet surface of the lake and shoreline… this is the tremendous power the Japanese gardens at Morikami Park hold for us,” so says Master Garden Designer Hoichi Kurisu. We’ll take his word for it.
Photo via Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Facebook
Roji-en Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach | 561-495-0233
“Strolling through pine forest or bamboo grove, viewing the rock formations, arrangements of plants and cascading waterfalls, pausing to ponder the quiet surface of the lake and shoreline… this is the tremendous power the Japanese gardens at Morikami Park hold for us,” so says Master Garden Designer Hoichi Kurisu. We’ll take his word for it.

Photo via Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Facebook
McKee Botanical Garden
350 US-1, Vero Beach | 772-794-0601
Many who visit McKee say this garden is unlike anything else in Florida. The sausage tree is a fan favorite, but what sets this botanical garden apart from the rest is the overload of flowing plants—water lilies, pipe vines, orchids and plenty more that could rival any sandy spot in Hawaii.
Photo via McKee Botanical Garden Facebook
McKee Botanical Garden
350 US-1, Vero Beach | 772-794-0601
Many who visit McKee say this garden is unlike anything else in Florida. The sausage tree is a fan favorite, but what sets this botanical garden apart from the rest is the overload of flowing plants—water lilies, pipe vines, orchids and plenty more that could rival any sandy spot in Hawaii.

Photo via McKee Botanical Garden Facebook
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables | 305-667-1651
Why spend all that cash traveling to a rainforest when you’ve got one at Fairchild? Surround yourself with colorful orchids, giant leaves and exotic plants in this botanical garden’s very own rainforest. If that’s not exotic enough for you, the butterfly enclosure and glass art scattered around should excite the adrenaline.
Photo via Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Facebook
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables | 305-667-1651
Why spend all that cash traveling to a rainforest when you’ve got one at Fairchild? Surround yourself with colorful orchids, giant leaves and exotic plants in this botanical garden’s very own rainforest. If that’s not exotic enough for you, the butterfly enclosure and glass art scattered around should excite the adrenaline.

Photo via Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Facebook
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville | 904-356-6857
This world famous garden is known for its dual Italian and English gardens. The Italian garden is regarded as the “jewel” for its delicately sculpted hedges, two long reflecting pools and a breathtaking view of the river just beyond the garden.
Photo via The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Facebook
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville | 904-356-6857
This world famous garden is known for its dual Italian and English gardens. The Italian garden is regarded as the “jewel” for its delicately sculpted hedges, two long reflecting pools and a breathtaking view of the river just beyond the garden.

Photo via The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Facebook
Mounts Botanical Garden
531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach | 561-233-1757
The rainbow area here is a full sun garden showcase that arranges plants in a colorful spectrum, and if that’s not up your alley, then why not check out the Garden of Extremes, a place where plants unique to extremes like weather conditions and light grow all year round.
Photo via Mounts Botanical Garden Facebook
Mounts Botanical Garden
531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach | 561-233-1757
The rainbow area here is a full sun garden showcase that arranges plants in a colorful spectrum, and if that’s not up your alley, then why not check out the Garden of Extremes, a place where plants unique to extremes like weather conditions and light grow all year round.

Photo via Mounts Botanical Garden Facebook
Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens
78 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach | 386-676-3347
This hidden treasure of Ormond Beach will have you feeling like you’re in a tropical rainforest in no time.  While you’re sure to find many turtles and fish lurking, this establishment is also a memorial for soldiers who fought in Korean and Vietnam Wars, so be on the lookout for sculptures.
Photo via Ormond Memorial Art Museum Facebook
Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens
78 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach | 386-676-3347
This hidden treasure of Ormond Beach will have you feeling like you’re in a tropical rainforest in no time. While you’re sure to find many turtles and fish lurking, this establishment is also a memorial for soldiers who fought in Korean and Vietnam Wars, so be on the lookout for sculptures.

Photo via Ormond Memorial Art Museum Facebook
Palmer’s Gardens and Goods
2611 Corrine Drive, Orlando | 407-896-5951
The twinkling Palmer’s sign is a staple in Audubon park, and you don’t even need to be a “pothead” to enjoy the greenery here. The outdoor path is lined with plants, trees and flowers guided by atmospheric white lights. They’re no stranger to hosting events, so keep this cute little garden in mind when a special occasion rolls around.
Photo via Palmer's Garden and Goods Facebook
Palmer’s Gardens and Goods
2611 Corrine Drive, Orlando | 407-896-5951
The twinkling Palmer’s sign is a staple in Audubon park, and you don’t even need to be a “pothead” to enjoy the greenery here. The outdoor path is lined with plants, trees and flowers guided by atmospheric white lights. They’re no stranger to hosting events, so keep this cute little garden in mind when a special occasion rolls around.

Photo via Palmer's Garden and Goods Facebook
Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens
3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee | 850-487-4556
The colorful floral architecture enjoyed by guests today actually began in 1923 with Alfred and Louise Maclay when they purchased the land for winter vacationing. Miles of trails are perfect for biking and the nearby lake begs to be canoed in. But the real centerpiece here is the ornate reflection pool.
Photo via giannaalfanno/Instagram
Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens
3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee | 850-487-4556
The colorful floral architecture enjoyed by guests today actually began in 1923 with Alfred and Louise Maclay when they purchased the land for winter vacationing. Miles of trails are perfect for biking and the nearby lake begs to be canoed in. But the real centerpiece here is the ornate reflection pool.

Photo via giannaalfanno/Instagram