Where Is The Best Place In Florida To Vacation

The winter holidays are nearly here! Cooking, cleaning, shopping, parties — oh my! It can be a joy or just too much to handle and frustrating for many folks. Social distancing due to the pandemic is still recommended in some situations, and visits with family and friends may not be easy or possible. The thought of another holiday season without gathering is disheartening.

How about a walk outside with a few family members or friends? Fortunately, there are several botanical gardens nearby or within easy reach of a day trip. These gardens offer beautiful locations for a bit of contemplation and peace, space for spending a little time with loved ones at a distance, unique gifts in garden shops and remarkable holiday events. Here are a few suggestions for getting together at a distance in local gardens.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens offers its Annual Garden of Lights starting Thanksgiving weekend; it runs on selected Friday and Saturday nights. The gardens are located at 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. For more information and tickets, visit Heathcote Botanical Gardens or call 772-464-4672.

Brighten up your holidays during the Magic of McKee Festival of Lights. The events will be held on selected December evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include music, holiday movies, local entertainment, holiday treats, crafts and games. The garden is located at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach. For more information, visit McKee Botanical Garden or call 772-749-0601.

A visit to Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens on selected Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will provide extra holiday cheer. The gardens will be dressed up for the Festival of Lights; food, music and performing artists will make the season brighter. The garden is located at 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, visit Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens or call 772-337-1959.

Visit Morikami's gardens, named Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, for a bit of beauty and peace. The mission at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is to engage a diverse audience by presenting Japanese cultural experiences that educate and inspire. Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. The phone number is 561-496-0233.

Established in 1994 by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, Pan's Garden takes its name from the bronze statue of Pan of Rohallion that graces the garden's entrance pool. Pan is a fitting name and symbol for a garden that protects and showcases Florida's indigenous plants and the wildlife they support. A visit to Pan's Garden is inspiring and uplifting. The gardens are located at 386 Hibiscus Ave., Palm Beach, FL; phone for info at 561-832-0731, ext. 113.

The Mounts Botanical Garden presents a Season of Awe, Wonder, and Reconnection. Get back to nature and to those people and places that bring joy. Mounts has many events scheduled throughout the holidays, including a Festival of Lights. The gardens are located at 531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach. The phone number is 561-233-1757.

Whether you choose to visit a public garden during an event or for a quiet stroll, there are many choices. A few of my favorite Florida botanical gardens a little farther away from the Treasure Coast include Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables; the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville; the Four Arts Gardens, Palm Beach; the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota; Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales; Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami; the Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead; the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden; Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg; Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Fort Lauderdale; and the Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando.

This week after your Thanksgiving meal, instead of joining the crowds in a shopping frenzy, plan a visit to a local garden. Commune with nature, family and friends and return home refreshed and ready to take on anything, including the holidays.

Carol Cloud Bailey is a landscape counselor and horticulturist. Send questions to carol@yard-doc.com or visit www.yard-doc.com for more information.

This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Florida gardening: A visit to a botanical garden may cure winter blues

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