Flamingo Gardens, Naples Botanical Gardens and the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens are some of the popular botanical gardens in South Florida. These three gardens are dedicated to the collection and cultivation of a wide range of flora and also serve as sanctuaries for select animal species.
Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida offers approximately 60 acres of botanical paradise. Its arboretum holds exotic and native trees, ponds, a stream, a waterfall and wildflowers native to South Florida. About 50 acres of the area are dedicated to the tropical rainforest and wetland areas that are home to the last natural jungle growth in the region. As the name suggests, Flamingo Gardens is also home to Caribbean flamingos, and it also holds a number of wild animal species, including black bears, panthers, bobcats, otters and about 45 species of birds.
The 170-acre Naples Botanical Garden is in Naples, Florida. It has seven gardens that represent natural habitats and ecosystems. The Preserve, one of the distinct gardens, is a 90-acre nature sanctuary comprised of dry upland scrubs, unspoiled marshes, mangroves and pine flatwoods that make coexistence possible for hundreds of animal species, such as eagles, otters, gopher tortoises and frogs. The Water Garden showcases colorful water lilies and other water plants, while the Scott Florida Garden is home to the native flora and landscape of Florida.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is an oasis amid the busy bustling life in Miami. The 2.6-acre botanical garden is packed with blooming trees, exotic flowers and a tranquil garden. Shrubs, palms, trees, ferns and other epiphytic plants line the wood-chipped pathway of its Native Garden and serve as a sanctuary and food source to butterflies, hummingbirds and other animals.