In the lower level of the Smith Children's Garden, you can take a journey from tree to sea through the unique habitats of Florida. The Wild Florida Loop Trail is a trip through our native ecosystems and includes a cypress swamp, hardwood hammock, and shell mound. While on the trail, you can stop to create a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk, climb to the top of the treehouse, or explore the river of grass from the perspective of a spider.
The upper section of the Smith Children’s Garden is a delight for the senses. A brightly colored cottage garden invites you to explore the Cracker House and pump water to shower plants. Relax under “Chuck,” a royal poinciana tree that is the centerpiece of the Smith Children’s Garden. Children will enjoy playing in the water fountains, exploring the Hidden Garden, and watching butterflies flitter about in the Pfeffer-Beach Butterfly House.
Herb Schaal, named 2008 Designer of the Year by the American Horticultural Society, is a landscape architect who specializes in public gardens, including educational gardens for children. His youthful spirit is evident in the garden’s many interactive features designed to delight children and adults alike.