Set in a 60-acre cypress dome on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum of Seminole culture provides an introduction to the tropical outdoors of natural South Florida’s swamps in which the Seminole Tribe has lived for more than a century.
One of the largest palm collections in the United States is the backdrop for the oversized works of sculptor Ann Norton on this 1.7 acre estate adjoining her former home and studio in West Palm Beach.
Atop one of the highest hills in the Florida Peninsula, Bok Tower Gardens is one of Florida’s most spectacular landscaped gardens, “something to appeal to both man and animal, a meditative place,” as envisioned by Edward William Bok in the 1920s.
Tropical gardens from the 1920s grow lavishly around the historic winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, their centerpiece one of the biggest banyan trees in the United States.
A little-known chapter in Florida history is that of Fort Mose, the first free black settlement in the southern United States. The settlement site is preserved and interpreted at Fort Mose State Park.
Designed in 1938 as demonstration gardens by the Garden Club of Palm Beach to show the diversity of tropical plants available for landscaping in the region, the Four Arts Gardens offer a peaceful retreat from the surrounding downtown area.
On sacred ground set aside by the town of Micanopy, the Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve honors the site of an ancient village and burial mound on the high ground above Lake Tuscawilla
Open only once annually for a re-enactment of the battle, Okeechobee Battlefield State Park protects a part of the landscape where the Battle of Okeechobee occurred during the Second Seminole War on Christmas Day, 1837.
In the 1940s, Ormond Memorial Art Museum members hired noted landscape architect Henry Stockman to design the Ormond Memorial Gardens on relict sand dunes, landscaping to accent the art museum on site. It was dedicated as a memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War II.
Established in 1994 to celebrate the beauty of Florida’s native tropical plants, Pan’s Garden hides in the midst of the tony downtown Palm Beach business and shopping district, with several entrances to let visitors slip in for a moment’s rest.