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Sunken Gardens

Discover the Beauty 

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg's oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.

Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants, and flowers.

Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. Call 727-551-3102.  Gardens may be closed due to inclement weather. 

Please note: Sunken Gardens is different from a typical public park. Our plants, trees, animals, and structures are delicate and part of the Sunken Gardens’ living collection. Some of these plants and structures are over 100 years old! We’re one of the last remaining Florida roadside attractions. We appreciate your help in preserving this historic gem in St. Petersburg by staying on the paths, refraining from touching or climbing the plants and structures, and respecting the animals’ space by enjoying them from a distance. 

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The Flamingos Forever Committee was so successful in raising funds for the purchase of flamingos for Sunken Gardens that a non-profit organization, Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation,  has been formed to support special projects at the Gardens. Visit them on Facebook and consider joining to help support Sunken Gardens!

Upcoming Events:  

February 17: Orchids: Gone to Pot -  10:30-11:30 a.m.  - Beth Sedacca from the St. Pete Orchid Farm and long-time orchid volunteer at Sunken Gardens takes the mystery out of orchid care. Spring is the time to re-pot orchids, so learn the best transplanting methods to increase orchid blooms. Mounting materials and unusual/rare orchids for sale after the program. Free with Gardens admission or membership. No pre-registration required.

February 25: Flamingo Festival - Noon–4:30 p.m.  - Show your love of flamingos and celebrate our young flock’s birthday! Wear pink for $1 off admission!  Kids’ activities courtesy of Great Explorations and Live Music free with garden admission. Beer/Wine available for purchase.

March 3: Spring Scavenger Hunt through the Gardens! 10:30-11:30 a.m.  - Which of our flamingos recently laid an egg? What power can our “growing stone” give you? Find out as you spring into the magic of Sunken Gardens’ winding paths, exotic birds and turtles, butterflies, and flowers on a scavenger hunt through our century-old garden. For children ages 3 and up. Adult guardians are welcome to join in on the fun. No pre-registration required. Free with paid admission or membership.

March 10: Herbs 101 - 10:30-11:30 a.m.  - Love using herbs, but not sure the best way to grow them in Florida’s heat, rain, etc.? Local Master Gardeners make it easy to learn. March is the perfect time to get started with container plants or otherwise, so join us to plan your edible, fragrant, kitchen garden! No pre-registration required. Free with paid admission or membership.

 March 11: Orchid Festival - 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  - Join us for our yearly gathering of multiple premier orchid vendors complete with talks throughout the day on orchid care. More orchids than you can imagine in one place, as well as beer/wine, are available for purchase. Our signature “flamosa” beverage for adults completes your lovely day in the gardens.  Free with paid gardens admission or membership.

March 24: Easy Care Natives & Wildflowers - 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Florida’s spring show of wildflower blooms is just beginning! Tom Heitzman, owner of Sweet Bay Nursery, shares which wildflowers and other native plants work best in your yard and patio containers while attracting birds, butterflies, and other pollinators! Plant sale after the program. Free with Garden admission or membership. Held in our shaded amphitheater.

March 26: Trip to the Webster Flea Market & USF Botanical Gardens - 8 a.m.–5 p.m.  – Join us for a day of treasure hunting at the legendary 35-acre flea market in Webster, Florida complete with plant and produce vendors. Then, explore Tampa’s USF Botanical Gardens! Your paid reservation includes transportation via air-conditioned coach, admission to the USF Botanical Gardens, snack, and tips. Enjoy lunch on your own at the various flea market restaurants and kiosks. Members: $40/Non-Members: $50. Register with payment by calling 727-551-3102.

To register for marked programs: Please call 727-551-3102 or see a cashier. For some classes and workshops, Garden admission is required. General Admission: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors (62+), $4/Children (age 2-11).

Children's Programs:  Children's classes are held on Saturdays beginning at 10:30 am. Location within Sunken Gardens to be announced prior to the class date.  Classes are included in the price of admission to the Gardens or free with membership. Classes that require pre-registration and a fee are so designated. General Admission: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors, $4/Children * Please call 727-551-3102 to pre-register for marked programs.

March 3: Spring Scavenger Hunt through the Gardens! 10:30-11:30 a.m.  - 
Which of our flamingos recently laid an egg? What power can our “growing stone” give you? Find out as you spring into the magic of Sunken Gardens’ winding paths, exotic birds and turtles, butterflies, and flowers on a scavenger hunt through our century-old garden. For children ages 3 and up. Adult guardians are welcome to join in on the fun. No pre-registration required. Free with paid admission or membership.

Visit the city's Events Calendar for more Sunken Gardens events and information.

Hours:

Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.

The last admission is sold at 4 p.m. daily. 

Sunken Gardens is open on most holidays except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day when the attraction is closed. The Sunken Gardens Business Office is closed on most holidays while the Gardens remain open.  For the most up-to-date city facility closures, view the city's Holiday Facility Closing Schedule

Admission: 

  • $10 Adults
  • $8 Seniors (62+)
  • $4 Children (2-11)

Parking:

Free

Support Sunken Gardens and become a member! Enjoy unlimited admission and exclusive discounts all year.

Location: 1825 4th St. N., St Petersburg

 

 

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