Welcome To Exploration Gardens


The mission of the Exploration Gardens is to demonstrate and promote Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles along with providing the community a place of beauty and enjoyment. The gardens are an integral part of our residential and commercial horticultural programming. They provide diverse opportunities for learning through self-guided tours, hands on demonstration and formal discourse. The gardens are designed to showcase different landscape design styles, garden types and maintenance techniques. The Exploration Gardens are made possible through the cooperative efforts of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, UF/IFAS Extension faculty and staff, Master Gardener volunteers and numerous local landscape and nursery professionals.

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Exploration Gardens

For a Self Guided tour, download this garden brochure.

Central Florida Plants

At UF/IFAS Extension we believe in planning first and planting last. This section will help you get started choosing the Right Plants for the Right Place for your landscape projects.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is a collection of 9 principles and tips involving landscape design, installation and sustainable maintenance practices for your landscape which are intended to reduce irrigation water use, protect water quality and save you money.