By  Mike Miller

1489 Parker Ave.
Spring Hill, Florida
Off Spring Hill Dr. 3 blocks E. of US-19  

The Naturecoast Botanical Gardens is 'the best kept secret' in Hernando County.  It contains 4.5 acres on Parker Ave. just off US-19 and is the home of 22 themed gardens.  Included among them are a Rose Garden Gazebo and Asian Garden that make ideal wedding venues.

Naturecoast Botanical Garden GazeboNaturecoast Botanical Garden Gazebo

The gardens are maintained by the non-profit Spring Hill Garden Club and are open and free to the public every day of the year from dawn till dusk.

It is 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 can be seen taking pictures, bird watching, painting and just enjoying!!

As you enter the Gardens you are immediately struck by the peaceful  beauty of "Old Florida", and if you are lucky enough to come on Saturday, Monday or Wednesday morning, you will find the 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.

Naturecoast Botanical Garden BromeliadsNaturecoast Botanical Garden Bromeliads

The 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".

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.

Naturecoast Botanical Garden Miniature VillageNaturecoast Botanical Garden Miniature Village

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....the 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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