Spring Hill, Florida
Off Spring Hill Dr. 3 blocks E. of US-19
By Mike Miller Updated November 16, 2021
The Naturecoast Botanical Garden and Nursery is one of the best kept secrets in the Spring Hill area.
Spring Hill is a community of 113,568 people in Central West Florida about 50 miles north of Tampa. Its nearest neighbors are Weeki Wachee Springs and Brooksville.
The garden and nursery occupy 4.5 acres on Parker Avenue just east of US-19 and is the home of 22 themed gardens.
They were established in 1994 by members of the Spring Hill Garden Club. The club still maintains the gardens.
Included among them are a Rose Garden Gazebo and Asian Garden that make ideal wedding venues. The gardens are open and free to the public every day of the year from dawn till dusk.
a beautiful, peaceful, pet friendly place with many benches and tables for
stopping and "smelling the roses".
They have recently completed a paved path throughout the entire property making it accessible for all, including wheel chairs and walkers.
Many people enjoy taking photos, bird watching, painting and just enjoying the surroundings.
As you enter the Gardens you are immediately struck by the peaceful beauty of "Old Florida".
If you come on Saturday, Monday or Wednesday morning, you will find volunteers working in the gardens.
They are all happy to answer any questions or tell you about the gardens, each of them volunteer with an obvious true love for the place.
Bromeliad Garden features many varieties and something is usually in bloom.
The Rain Forest has paths meandering though it's tropical plants, you truly feel that you are exploring "Old Florida" in the days before bulldozers and massive development.
Each garden has been "adopted" by individuals or clubs/organizations and is maintained with pride.
There are new additions added regularly, so you will always find new things to see on every visit.
The Fantasy Garden is a magical place with a Fairy castle and ceramic koi pond. Make sure to look high up in the trees, you might find something blooming.
A must see, especially for the children, is the miniature village behind the waterfall and train just across from the rose garden.
Come on Saturday morning and the train will be running. Kids love to toot the train whistle as the train passes by.
The main source of income to keep the gardens open and well cared for comes from the Plant Nursery where you will find many of the plants you see throughout the garden.
Many of the plants sold at the nursery are propagated from the gardens so they are tried and true for the area. You can feel confident that they will work well in your gardens.
The staff tries to make sure that you are aware of their care and can answer many of your questions.
The nursery is open for sales on Saturday and Monday mornings from 9 -12, and feature annual Spring and Fall special event sales.
These big sales are the first weekend in April and the first weekend in October.
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