Sanibel Island is a community that is committed to the principle of conservation – living in harmony with the wildlife and plants that are native to the island. The result is an island of floral beauty, some of it natural and some of it landscaped, but all of it enhancing its location.
The island has many gardens available to the public from which to learn and enjoy. Some have expert naturalists who can explain how to choose Florida-friendly plants. They can also give you ideas for garden design, show you how to save rainwater for garden use or make plant choices that are pet-friendly.
Learn About Gardens
Learn how you can plant a garden of natural beauty that reseeds itself, requires little or no upkeep, will attract birds and butterflies and is good for the environment. Here are some of the gardens on Sanibel that you can enjoy.
- City Hall. The City Vegetation Committee will provide valuable information on proper planting and care of native vegetation with tours of city hall grounds which are planted exclusively with native plantings. The tours are open during They are located at 800 Dunlop Road. Call them at 239 472 3700.
- The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has a lovely native landscape and garden center at 1300 Periwinkle Way. They show native plants that encourage habitats for birds, butterflies and wildlife. Call them at 239 472 1932. They are open all year.
- Sanibel Moorings Certified Botanical Garden – is located at 845 E Gulf Drive and is widely known and admired. It is six acres with the individual buildings nestled into and surrounded by the lovely gardens. They can be reached at 239 472 4119. Tours are available except from September thru November.
- S. Walsh Garden Center – is at 3889 Sanibel-Captiva Road. It’s a lovely assortment of native and tropical plants along wandering paths. They also have pottery, fountains and outdoor seating. They can be reached at 239 395 5859. They are open all year.
Visit the gardens of Sanibel and learn how you can freshen your landscaping and get new ideas for your beautiful garden. Sanibel provides a nature vacation for the entire family that takes you beyond beaches and boats. You can be an avid nature lover or a budding naturalist and you will find that the island can give you lots of opportunity to and enjoy.