During a recent trip to St.
Petersburg, Florida, my husband and I decided to visit the Sunken Gardens.
It is a hidden gem in the middle of the city. The botanical hideaway originated 100 years ago. It was created by a family who purchased a sinkhole and decided to make the most of it. Some of the tropical plant species are over a century old. There are over 50,000 different varieties of tropical plants and colorful flowers. The winding pathways circle around very pretty pools, waterfalls and water gardens. There are sections that include a walk-through butterfly garden, a cactus garden and Japanese garden. We enjoyed the pink flamingos, brightly colored koi, parrots and kookaburra birds. We expected to spend about an hour checking everything out. Unfortunately the paths aren’t marked all that well, and we took a wrong turn. It took us nearly three hours to find our way back to where we’d started. This wouldn’t have been a big problem on a cool day. However, that afternoon, the temperature was in the mid nineties with high humidity. My husband and I live in the northeastern part of the country, where it never gets that hot. Our home isn’t even equipped with central air conditioning. We run the furnace for approximately eight months of the year. The hot and sticky conditions were brutal. We were both drenched in sweat and exhausted from our leisurely stroll. We had plans to head straight to dinner. Instead, we went back to our hotel, took cold showers and cranked up the air conditioning.