Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Flowers and Plants of Busch Gardens

 In last week's Travel Post, I shared all about "Our Visit to Busch Gardens".  In that post I stated that the theme park was a zoo, rides, shows, and gardens all rolled up into one:   and I covered the zoo, ride, and shows in that post.  Today I want to focus on just the flowers and plants of Busch Gardens.

Busch Gardens is a tropical paradise filled with gorgeous flower beds, topiaries, potted plants, and lots of tropical foliage.

When we first entered the park, we didn't know what to expect or where to go and for whatever reason, we headed to the left.  It ended up being a good thing, because the first thing we discovered was this lovely garden with a winding path and pretty gazebo.  It was so peaceful, and it was so early there were no other tourists around, so we had the place to ourselves.  The perfect spot for some romantic photos!

This ivy covered trellis was a lovely spot to take a picture of my daughter Ashley and her husband Jason.

And since we so rarely get to be photographed together, my husband and I had our picture taken under this cute gazebo.

Since we were there the day after Thanksgiving, there were many gorgeous plantings of poinsettias.  I love how they used the plants to create letters in the ground.

Another lovely garden in this area was this beautiful water garden featuring a river, rock formations, and tropical plants.

There were so many gorgeous potted plants in Busch Gardens.  Here were a couple of my favorites:

I have this foliage plant growing in my sun room, but it's only about twelve inches tall.  Who knew this plant could grow this huge in a tropical climate?

I loved this flowering bush. Such a pretty interesting pink flower.  I also noticed most of the potted plants were always placed right near a bench so one could sit down and enjoy them for awhile.

The topiaries were amazing at Bush Gardens.  I've already shown you their nativity topiary scene HERE, but below are some more favorites of mine.

Some pretty butterflies:

And a big, scary tiger located right near the tiger exhibit!

 And perhaps my favorite of the day:  Floating Flower Boats!  Little row boats filled with flowers gently floated in a small pond in front of a restaurant.  It is such a clever idea.  If I ever have a large pond on my property, I will definitely be copying this idea.  Too cute and clever!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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  1. I can definitely see why one needs more than one day to see everything at Bush Gardens. Love Botanical Gardens, this area is so pretty, the floating boats with flowers are such a cute idea! Not sure if I will ever visit this one, we're not big fans of Roller Coasters, but if I ever go to Florida I definitely want to visit a Botanical Garden maybe one that would also include birds would be just the perfect one!

  2. How fun! Who needs the rides when there is so much gorgeousness to be enjoyed! Thank you for sharing your wonderful outdoor post on this week's Maple Hill Hop! Hope you're staying toasty!

  3. Oh the garden is gorgeous. The floating animals are amazing. So lovely!

  4. I have never seen prettier gardens in my entire life. It is so beautiful there. Glad you experienced it. The giant topieries especially the butterfly one is gorgeous and I love the floating flower beds. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Fantastic gardens, Amy. I would love to wander n there for a few days. Your daughter? I thought it was your sister :-)
    Many thanks for taking part in the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


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