The Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings Resort came about almost by accident: they employed a gardener to take care of the landscaping of their extensive, six-acre outdoor space. As it happened, the gardener was a passionate botanist, so he took it upon himself to create a rare collection of unusual and special tropical plants. What he started, every succeeding gardener added to, improved, embellished, and made the garden more beautiful until in 2009 it officially became recognized as a botanic garden and a member of the American Public Garden Association. If you are looking for things to do on Sanibel Island, Florida for couples, this is a great spot.
The garden has hundreds of native Florida plants and non-invasive species from other tropical areas, along with collections of cacti, bromeliads, orchids, fruits, palms, and cycads. The garden attracts a number of birds, butterflies, turtles, rabbits, and other animals who, like the tourists, enjoy the riot of colors, smells, textures, and beauty the garden exudes.
845 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, 239-472-4119 Photo: TIFFotos/Fotolia
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