“A series of interconnected trails meander through the 15-acre garden in the core of the FIT campus.”
— Ryan Spr
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This area is open Monday–Sunday, sunrise to sunset.
Come experience a peaceful jungle sanctuary hidden in a swiftly growing Florida urban setting. Streams flow from Crane Creek as the trails wind throughout the garden that is filled with over 200 palms and a bounty of other florae. There are plenty of benches donated by friends of the garden to take in the beauty.
Need to Know
FIT offers guided group tours of the Botanical Garden during normal business hours (8 AM - 5 PM). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a Garden Guide.
The concrete paths aren't exactly level (especially over the bridges that cross Crane Creek), so jogging could be perilous if you don't pay attention.
The main trails are concrete with small bridges over the streams. However, there are many unmarked paths (and trails in development) that lead to the different gardens and Crane Creek. Signage is sparse so a visit to the Evans Library (located adjacent to the garden’s south entrance) prior to your visit may be necessary by those curious.
Flora & Fauna
The Florida Tech Botanical Garden contains more than 200 palms, bamboos, and other rare and common botanical specimens.
History & Background
Florida Tech acquired the first 40 acres of its present campus fronting on Country Club Road through a donation by the University of Melbourne in 1960. The main trail has been named the Dent Smith Trail
in honor of the founder of the Palm Society, a worldwide organization primarily engaged in the study of the palm family.