Botanical Gardens has a long history in St. Petersburg

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By mauriahtocco on June 24, 2010 at 12:07 am

In the heart of an ever growing city lies a blooming beauty full of history and life, the Sunken Gardens.

The Sunken Gardens is home to the oldest tropical plants in the region and is St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum. The history of Sunken Gardens tells a story of George Turner Sr. of St. Petersburg who purchased the site, including a shallow lake below sea level, which he later drained to form his private “sunken” garden. By the 1920’s Turner opened the nursery and began selling fruit, vegetables, roses and many other things, which later marked his garden as a popular tourist attraction.

Through the 1970’s Sunken Gardens was ranked as Florida’s Top 10 Commercial Attractions. Today, Sunken Gardens has continued to retain the historical interest as 1930’s Florida roadside commercial attraction, which is an important example of Florida’s finest scenic landscapes and natural habitats.

The city of St. Petersburg has taken over the maintenance of Sunken Gardens and since then added over 6,000 new plants.

The botanical masterpiece gracefully welcomes plant lovers to venture through 150 sun-kissed acres, housing more than 25 gardens, including the rose garden and butterfly garden, all to embrace in the sweet colors of paradise nestled in the city of St. Petersburg.

Sunken Gardens is considered one of the most reasonably priced attractions in Florida. 

Sunken Gardens is located at 1825 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission costs $8 for adults, $4 for children and $6 for senior citizens. Garden tours, school field trips, and private rentals are available. Call 727-551-3100 for further information.