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New enhancements take root at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

​March 21, 2023: In a few days, the installation of the final enhancements to the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens will be complete and residents are invited to explore the 20-acre nature preserve’s new additions. The fence installation is expected to be completed by March 24, 2023.

Major improvements have greatly enhanced the Port St. Lucie destination. New elements include:

  • A pair of 10-foot-wide rolling chrysanthemum-decorated handmade gates at the main entrance,
  • A stunning 8-foot butterfly decorative gate at the beloved butterfly garden,
  • A new sidewalk,
  • Synthetic turf around the lily pad seating area,
  • A 2,000-square-foot concrete pad inside the Secret Garden,
  • An 8-foot-tall ornamental picket fence and three ornate gates.

“We’re excited to be providing upgrades for our residents to enjoy,” said Sherman Conrad, Director, Parks & Recreation. “Botanical Gardens is a beloved space that offers a resource for people seeking a deeper connection with nature to feel inspired and at-one with the natural surroundings.”

Beginning April 1, the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens will have new operating hours, Sunday noon - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays. With the new addition of the gates, access to the gardens will be limited to these hours of operation.  While adjusting to the entrance times, nature lovers are encouraged to explore the many alternative trails and parks within the City. Try visiting these hidden gems, from 8 a.m. to sunset:

  • Ian T Zook Park, 4648 NW Manville Dr., Port St. Lucie (Located 7.7 miles from PSL Botanical Gardens).
  • Mariposa Cane Slough Preserve, 2280 S.E. Mariposa Ave., Port St. Lucie (Located 3.7 miles from PSL Botanical Gardens.
  • Oak Hammock Park, 1982 SW Villanova Rd, Port St. Lucie (Located 7.0 miles from PSL Botanical Gardens.
  • Tom Hooper Family Park, 2340 SE Rivergate Pkwy, Port St. Lucie (Located .39 mile from Botanical Gardens). The boardwalk is temporarily closed due to hurricane damage.
  • River Place Park, 690 NW Bayou Country Ln, Port St. Lucie (Located 3.37 miles from PSL Botanical Gardens).
  • Veterans Memorial Park, 2100 SE Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Port St. Lucie (Located 3.3 miles from PSL Botanical Gardens).
  • Woodland Trails Park, 1485 SW Calmar Avenue, Port St. Lucie (Located 10 miles from PSL Botanical Gardens).   
  • Woodstork Trail, 1957 S.E. Hillmoor Drive, Port St. Lucie (Located 3.3 miles from PSL Botanical Gardens).
  • The North Fork of the St. Lucie River can still be accessed by using the Bridge Plaza boardwalk entrance, open 24/7.

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About Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens
The Gardens is managed and operated by Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity organization that was founded to help support the daily operations of The Gardens. Friends and volunteers provide hands-on daily oversight of the facility, including staffing to handle the many visitors year-round. Please consider becoming a member of Friends. Friends is a 100% volunteer organization. Located at 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd, Port St. Lucie.

The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens is a welcome oasis of greenery in the heart of Port St. Lucie. Located on the banks of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, the site features a lake with a fountain, paved public paths, beautiful gardens, a pavilion, and more! This beautiful sanctuary has numerous gardens overflowing with plant-life, including a butterfly garden, orchid room, and rose garden. Come and enjoy the peace and tranquility today! 

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