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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. 

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

Upcoming Events:

April 15, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  Palm Talk and Stroll  Rick Nale, longtime leader within the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum and City Beautiful Commission, leads you on a special tour through the gardens to learn about our many palms. Pre-registration required due to limited space. Call 727-551-3102 to reserve your spot. Free with Gardens admission or membership.

April 29, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  Nature Photography 101  
Learn 10 tips to take better photos using Sunken Gardens’ flamingos, butterflies, turtles, flowers, and more as your subjects. See the world in a new way with your camera or smart phone and even enter our flamingo photo contest! Beth Reynolds, Director of Photography at the Morean Arts Center, leads this interactive, outdoor workshop. Pre-registration required due to limited space. Call 727-551-3102 to reserve your spot. Free with Gardens Admission/Membership. Don’t forget your camera.

*April 30, 10:30-12:00 p.m. – Propagation Techniques - Make your own free plants over and over again! With just a few tricks, you’ll master the art of cuttings, seedlings, and divisions to multiply your plant collection without spending a dime. Take home starter plants after practicing under the tutelage of Allan Bednar of Simply Hydroponics. Pre-registration required-limited capacity. Free with Gardens admission.

May 3, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.   Bus Trip to Epcot! – Flower and Garden Festival
Leave the driving to us! Travel on an air-conditioned motor coach to visit Epcot’s beautiful and exciting International Flower and Garden Festival in Orlando, Florida. Your paid reservation includes; Orange juice/donut holes, admission to Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, transportation & tip, and bus snack. Meals and sampling will be on your own. Members: $145 / Non-Members: $155 / Disney Pass Holders: $45 Deadline for registration is April 26. Register by calling Sunken Gardens at 727-551-3102 to reserve your space via credit card or stop by the Gardens during business hours.

*May 13, 10:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.   Succulent Wreath Workshop
O’Berry’s Succulents owner, Jamie O’Berry, guides you through creating a heart-shaped succulent wreath with accents of dried eucalyptus and wax flowers. Small group setting and plant care instructions complete your Pinterest-worthy experience. Share with the mother figure in your life or keep for your own enjoyment. Pre-registration required: $60/person fee covers succulents and all other materials. Includes Garden admission.

May 27, 10:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.  Rain Gardens and Barrels
Learn inventive ways to collect rain water just in time for the rainy season. Create your own beautiful and functional rain garden and learn the best collecting techniques using rain barrels. Limited number of rain barrels for sale after the program ($40/each). Brian Niemann of the Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension leads this fun and informative program. Free with paid admission or membership. 

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 Horticultural Programs (Budding Botanists)

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.

May 6, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Butterfly Bonanza for Kids!
Why do butterflies hang upside down? How can you attract more to your yard or patio?  Kids learn the answers to these questions and more while on a scavenger hunt through our butterfly garden. Create a unique butterfly craft, too!  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.)

June 3, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Exotic Bird Ballyhoo for Kids!
Why do flamingos stand on one leg? Why do cockatoos lift their crest? Kids learn the answers to these questions and more as they get a close-up, behind-the-scenes look at our exotic birds. From our new, young flamingos to our Amazon parrots, this interactive workshop includes age-appropriate activities 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. Free with paid admission or membership.

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.

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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