The entertainment is different every evening. There is Dan Brown, juggler, Noah Royak, stilt walker, Jerry Chase at keyboards, Kerri Kaiser, vocalist, Christian Service Center Singers, Shazadi & Jewels of the Desert Dancers, Savoy South Dance Hall Swing Dancers, Morning Song, hammered dulcimer and flute, St Andrews Pipe and Drums, John Law plays jazz, Bert & his Celtic Music, and Karina's School of Hawaiian and Belly Dancing.
There is also a Plant Sale on Sunday, December 8, from 10 am-4 pm. You can buy a selection of tropical plants like orchids, citrus trees, bamboo, and herbs, begonias, etc. There are 45 venders, the Florida Garden gift shop will be open, and there is free entrance and parking.
On Sunday December 29, there is a Christmas dog parade starting at 1 pm. You can exercise your energetic dog at the Walsingham dog park, put on you & your dog's costumes, then bring him across the street to participate in the parade.
However, do not limit your visit to the Botanical garden to these events.The foliage in Pinellas County this year is lush as it has escaped the drying winds, frosts, and lack of moisture of previous years. You will be amazed at all of the perfect flowers in bloom and the tropical vegetation at the Florida Botanical Garden in December.
Knockout Roses: in pink and red, yawn, but this is December. Where up North is there roses this time of year?
Floribunda or continuously blooming roses: In the Wedding Garden area there is the buttery, golden yellow Julia Child which has a licorice scent, the smokey lavender, Cinco de Maya floribunda which has an mild apple scent, Tuscan Sun floribunda which has a spicy scent, & 4 inch wide flowers with tones of apricot, burnt umber, & rose, There is also White Iceberg and Pink Iceberg floribunda.
|Cinco De Mayo|
Hibiscus: the flowers are especially nice this time of year. There is the Standard Hibiscus, the Tahitian Prince of Fire, the Queen of Dreams, and the yellow Hula Girl, Early Time and Double Orange Hibiscus.
|Prince of Fire|
|Queen of Dreams|
The Plants: the Bolero Ti Plant, Cigar Plant, the Hummingbird Plant, the Gold Finger Plant, the Purple Tahitian Hat Plant, Buddha Belly Plant,
The Vines: the Blue Sky Vine, the Yellow Butterfly Pea Vine, the Blue Pea Vine, lavender Rubber Vine.
|Bluje Sky Vine|
|Yellow Butterfly Pea Vine|
The Bushes: Yellow Bush Allamanda, Red Chenille Bush, New Zealand Tea Bush.
|Yellow Bush Allamanda|
|New Zealand Tea Bush|
The Shrubs: White Tropical Dogwood, Pink Tropical Dogwood
Other plants: Firecracker, Flaming Glory Bower, Red Passion Flower, Lady Margaret Passion Flower, Showy Medinilla, Yellow Jacobinia, Yellow Majesty Salva, Maui Red Ixori, Yellow Thyrallis, Dwarf's Princess Flower, Quail Grass.
|Dwarf's Princess Flower|