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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. 

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!

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Please Note: Groupon and other coupons are not valid for professional portrait photography or videography.

Upcoming Events

September 15, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Join Local Gardens by Margo and make your own macrame plant hanger complete with Christmas cactus in a terracotta pot. Learn a few basic knots and go home with your very own handmade macrame plant hanger. A small group setting and thorough plant care instructions complete your Pinterest-worthy experience. Pre-registration required: $40/non-members, $30/members. Fee includes all materials and Gardens admission. Call 727-551-3102 to register with payment.

Sunday, September 23rd 2018: 2018 Bridal Show at Sunken Gardens
Please join Simple Weddings @ Sunken Gardens for our Fall bridal show at one of St Petersburg's most historic and unique wedding and reception venues! What: A bridal show featuring the area's top wedding vendors at one of St Pete's most unique wedding and reception venues! How Much: Brides, Grooms, and Guests are free (but you must reserve a ticket). Vendor Registration: Click here.

September 22, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Veggie Gardening in Florida
September is the time to get started on your cool season vegetable garden. Beat the heat, sandy soil, bugs, and rainy and dry seasons of Florida to grow the vegetable garden you’ve always wanted. Glean sustainable tips from Brian Niemann, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent at the UF/IFAS Extension. Free with Gardens admission. No pre-registration required.

October 1-5, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Garden Guide Training (Attendance during all five days is required.)
Love gardening and history? Enjoy sharing your passion with others and feel comfortable speaking in front of groups? Join our Garden Guide docent program! Applicants should have a love of the environment, willingness to learn, a reliable nature, and a basic knowledge of tropical plants.

Docent training spans Sunken Gardens’ history, horticulture and animal information, docent best-practices, role-playing and tour shadowing to provide a complete, well-rounded learning experience which prepare docents to lead tours with confidence. Training also requires spending a minimum of 10 hours of your own time outside of class getting familiar with the gardens, reviewing class information, and studying reading material. Once trained, docents will lead our volunteer coordinator through the Gardens before becoming an official docent. All docents are asked to lead at least one hour-long tour per month for groups of 10 – 25 people and may do so during a time that is most convenient for them.

A $35 non-refundable docent training fee will be processed upon volunteer approval pending an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Complete and submit a volunteer application in person or online here. Return your application by Sept. 25, 2018 to Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Tyson, at, by mail to 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, FL, or drop off with a cashier at Sunken Gardens. Deadline to submit applications for docent training is Sept. 25, 2018.

October 6, 10:30 – 11:30 am: Wicked Plants and Creepy Crawlies
Kids encounter carnivorous, spooky, and appalling plants on a scavenger hunt through the Gardens. Don’t leave without getting your hands on slithering worms as you make your own tiny take-home worm compost jar. Recommended for children ages 4 and up. Pre-registration required due to limited space. Call 727-551-3102 to register. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $7/child non-members: $3/child members (Includes child’s garden admission. Adult admission not included.)

October 27, 10:30 – 11:30 am: Plants and People – Florida Ethnobotany
Just like other artifacts that archaeologists find, plant remains can say a lot about past people’s diet, environment, and culture. Native Peoples in Florida have used various plants as medicine, food, and other important purposes for thousands of years. Learn about some of Florida’s most useful native plants, and how archaeologists study preserved plant remains to find out how people used them in the past. Becky O’Sullivan of the Florida Public Archaeologist Network (FPAN) leads this interactive program. Free with Gardens admission. No pre-registration required. Recommended for ages 8+.


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).

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


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


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



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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