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Visiting Jacksonville: The Italian garden at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Read more about Florida’s unique tropical gardens, orchid gardens and botanical gardens that are open to the public. A few highlights:

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McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach is a gem to discover. Once a top roadside attraction, go for its water lilies, Old Florida buildings and gorgeous vistas. The June Water Lily Celebration is timed for peak bloom of the water lilies.

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Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs has survived since 1936. Now it’s a small but serene spot to enjoy glorious flora, colorful birds, gators and more. It’s located on Old 41 Road, a pocket of Old Florida that is having a renaissance.

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Eden Gardens State Park is 20 minutes away from the bright white Panhandle beaches. It offers a rest for the eyes amid camellias, azaleas and a handsome 1897 mansion with an interesting history. Right now, the 100 varieties of camelias are in full bloom.

Read More about Eden Gardens State Park: Lovely gardens, green respite near sand & surf