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You know the saying: “April showers bring May flowers.” Today, we’re sharing 14 spots to see May flowers.
If you don’t have much of a green thumb to make your own May flowers, consider visiting a local garden to admire the work of skilled horticulture professionals.
- Hollis Gardens, 614 E. Orange St. | Venture over to Hollis Gardens at Lake Mirror Tues.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for patterned flower beds across a 1.2-acre-formal garden.
- Auburndale Rotary Butterfly Garden, West Park Street | Take a ~25-minute drive to Auburndale and view the flora featured in the city’s downtown park. While there, bask in the sights and smells of 30 different plant species, both native + non-native.
- Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd. | Make a day trip out of this historic Polk County garden featuring classic architecture, bird watching trails, and, of course, multiple gardens embedded throughout the grounds.
- Cypress Gardens, 1 Legoland Way | The next time you find yourself at Legoland, be sure to carve out time to visit the botanical gardens — AKA the remnants of Cypress Gardens — a former theme park from 1939.
Are you the do-it-yourself type? Check out a handful of local nurseries to get your garden growing and shop all things green.
- Nursery Landscape & Garden Center, 5955 S. Florida Ave.
- The Green House Garden Store, 110 Easton Dr.
- Botany Cats, locations vary
- The Nectary, 1047 E. Main St.
- Lakeland Nursery, 3010 Knights Station Rd.
If you’re on the market for a beautiful bouquet or two, order a dozen of your favorite flowers from these local florists.
- Mildred’s Florist, 5504 US Hwy. 98 N.
- Bloom Shakalaka, 640 E. Main St.
- Uli & Co., order online
- Flower Cart Florist, 1125 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
- Tyler Floral Shoppe, 225 E. Lime St.
For more green fun, consider scavenging for plants native to the Central Florida region. You can read up on some of the naturally occurring foliage here.