Florida Botanical Gardens holds annual holiday lights

December 23, 2013 by  

The Holiday Lights in the Gardens at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo recently opened to the public, ushering in the holiday season. No doubt the Gardens used flyer printing to distribute flyers throughout the community and let people become aware that this annual tradition is around.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is 30 acres in size and this year there are more than 750,000 lights throughout the park. Colors of red, gold, and green adorn treetops and artistic displays with twinkling lights can be seen, including an alligator with glowing red eyes, butterflies flapping their green and blue wings, and flamingos dipping their beaks into a fountain.

According to president of the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, Terry Berube, the lights and displays are bigger this year. In the Foundation’s second year taking charge of the event, $2 was charged at the gate to see the display and, since then, it has been a success, raising $40,000 between the entrance fee and other donations.

Berube added that the Holiday Lights are also made possible and successful by the many people who volunteer during the event. There are about 150 who welcome people and walk throughout the grounds, and close to 60 others provide entertainment at no charge to the Foundation or the public.

On December 29, the third annual Holiday Dog Parade will close the Holiday Lights event. The Parade is made possible by many local sponsors and awards in various categories, such as Best Puppy and Best Adult, are given.