What we do best

Palma Sola Botanical Park is a non-profit 501C-3. The 10-acre park is open from 8:00AM-SUNSET. Admission is free.

The Mission of the Park is to be an interactive learning environment that fosters an appreciation of nature and landscaping, preserves our natural resources, and promotes environmental education.

The Park promotes, and is a venue for educational programs, volunteer involvement, and public and private events.

Walk the lush tranquil gardens, enjoy the abundant wildlife in and around the three lakes. Visit the screened pavilion or relax on our swing, or in either of the gazebos.

Our Story

Palma Sola Botanical Park is located in the “Old Palma Sola” section of northwest Bradenton.

Old Palma Sola has a rich history in Manatee County, the Bay area, and the State of Florida.

From the time of the Timucuan Indians to the Conquistadors to the present, Palma Sola has been host to many cultures.

This 10 acre parcel of land has a protected warm micro climate, and is notably frost-free.

Because of these unusual environmental conditions, the Park is able to showcase collections of rare palms, fruits, and flowering trees and other subtropical plants.

The Park began in 1990 when interested citizens and community groups rallied support to save the 10-acre site that had once been the Manatee County Nursery. 

The Bradenton Herald was instrumental in providing information and editorials that helped build public support for a botanical park on this “surplus” land.

Since that time, a number of remarkable things have happened.

The Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, created to preserve the former nursery as a valuable green space and Park.

In October 1996, the Foundation entered into a long-term agreement with Manatee County Government to establish the Palma Sola Botanical Park on the site. The Foundation and Manatee County work in partnership to develop the Park.

Since the year 2000, the Park has gained The Galleria an educational and administrative building, as well as The Baden Building, a reception/multipurpose building.

It has become the site of many beautiful weddings, parties, public events and festivals, as well as educational and volunteer programs.

The Gulfcoast Plumeria Society established a “Lei Garden” with two groves of Plumeria trees from around the world.

The St. Stephen’s School Youth laid a shell pathway for the Park.

The Manatee Rare Fruit Council, planted and maintains an exotic fruit tree section. Each tree bears an identification post. They also installed a lovely shell walkway with benches. There is a gazebo near the pond, and an attractive bridge connecting the rare fruit tree area to the back of the park.

Come see it for yourself!

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