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The Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings

Reciprocal Admissions Program 2022 Member Garden

Our Botanical Gardens are a must see for all garden lovers. We are constantly tweaking and adding to an ever-expanding collection of tropical plants and trees. Designed with nature in mind and exploding with color, we invite you to take a leisurely stroll along the pathways.  Don’t forget your cameras and keep an eye out for the many resident butterflies, birds, and wildlife. We always hope that our gardens will add inspiration during your visit, paired with lasting memories.  Just remember, that while a picture may be worth a thousand words, seeing the gardens in person is priceless.



Our Botanical Garden History

The Sanibel Moorings Resort was built in 1974.  Our garden was enriched by the first gardener, who was an avid botanist. Each succeeding gardener continued the quest and contributed their specialties to the garden. The current extensive, mature and diverse tropical collection is a result of this never-ending quest for unusual tropical plants. After decades of constant gardening, we can boast beauty and uniqueness. In 2009, we officially became a botanical garden with the American Public Garden Association and are also a reciprocating member of  American Horticultural Society.  Today our present Horticulturist welcomes you to a unique botanical garden woven around a beautiful beach-side resort. We hope you enjoy the hundreds of native plants and non-invasive tropical species which include collections of bromeliads, roses, hibiscus, orchids, palms, fruits, and cycads. Don’t forget to observe (at a distance) our resident butterflies, turtles, rabbits, birds and so many more wonderful creatures in their wildlife garden home. Welcome to our garden…take a deep breath and get ready to enjoy six acres of magic!

Plan Your Visit

*Please call our office directly for information regarding visiting our gardens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Garden Visits
Our Garden Tour Guide offers guided 90-minute light walking tours.

Sanibel Moorings Guests: Wednesdays at 11am,  Meet at the Big, Blue chair – complimentary to our guests. No sign-up necessary.

Public Tours : Wednesdays at 9am. Please check in at the front office. $10.00 (plus tax) fee per person.  Advance Sign-up required – Call 239-472-4119.

Private Garden Tours: Can be arranged for groups (minimum 10 people) you choose the day and time. $10.00 (plus tax) cash fee per person. Contact us  at 239-472-4119 for more information.   (AHS member not honored with private tours)

Plein Aire Artists

Call to Artists:  We would like to invite you to Sanibel Moorings Botanical Garden Plein Aire Painting Days any Wednesday 9am-4pm.  The Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens is re-inviting Sanibel Captiva Art League , Big Arts, and any of our Sanibel Moorings guests to paint out among our gardens, docks, and beach. Check in with our front desk staff to obtain a parking pass any time between 9:00am-4pm and discover your special place in our gardens. Contact us at or call 239-472-4119 for more information.