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“Wonderful Gardens”

Florida Tech Botanical Garden
Ranked #13 of 75 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A stream bordered by a shady hammock abounding in palm trees and other tropical growth winds through the heart of the campus and is the setting for a 15-acre Botanical Garden. The main trail has been named the Dent Smith Trail in honor of the founder of the Palm Society, a worldwide organization primarily engaged in the study of the palm family, in all its aspects. Florida Tech's Garden, through the intense interest of Founding President Emeritus Jerome P. Keuper and the inspiration and help of Mr. Dent Smith in the 1960's, has become one of the most unique campus botanical gardens of its kind in the continental United States. This is a public garden. We have limited staff and love volunteers! There is no fee to visit (self-guided) and we are open from sunrise to sunset. If you would like a guided tour, docents are available with advance notice. A donation of your choosing is recommended for guided tours. As there are natural water features and other potential hazards, please exercise caution during your visit. There are several specimen, delicate or possibly poisonous plants planted or naturally occurring in this garden and hammock. Parents, please maintain appropriate control over your children at all times. Well-mannered dogs on leashes are welcome on the trails only. For your safety, please stay on the trails or within walled areas. Thank you!
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful Gardens”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This botanical garden is a magical place to visit. The plants are labeled, the walkways clearly marked and the overall impression you receive when strolling through the gardens is tranquility. Visiting is a must when in Melbourne if you love gardens.

Visited April 2012
5 Thank Ktaylor270
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“Nice Gardens on FIT Campus”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Serene tropical gardens with palms and ferns from the world over. At times you'd think you were in a tropical rainforest. It was difficult to follow the guide paper with the trees on the trail. Many of the botanical specimens were not labeled. I recommend.

Visited February 2013
7 Thank Nacho52
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