November 28, 2012

Holiday Lights at the Florida Botanical Gardens

8,500 people attended this year’s opening weekend of the Holiday Lights at the Florida Botanical Gardens. With over 500,000 LED lights, this floral wonderland is aglow, and so are visitors’ faces, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. from November 23 until January 1.

Home-grown entertainers perform nightly and food and beverages are available for purchase. Kids can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus there each Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except December 8.) Parking is free. A $2 donation is suggested for adults.

The winding paths feature seasonal lighted fountains and laser displays framing the lush variety of plants that visitors enjoy year-round. Garden enthusiasts will enjoy seeing the full blooms of dogwood bushes and the Christmas Ornament tree with its unique fragrance. This year’s new dedication is a vinery garden.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Visit for more information.

All of the ornamental lights have been converted to LED strings for greater energy efficiency. LEDs are considered environmentally friendly, since they contain no mercury. Larger LEDs are effective inside the home, as they produce very little heat and their lifetime is not affected by frequent on/off switching.

Visit the Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) booth for information about LED lighting and other ways to save energy at home. PEEP will be there giving out free hand-powered flashlights, while supplies last, on November 28 and December 1, 5, 7, 12, 15, 19, 21, and 29. PEEP offers free classes on how to reduce your home energy bill.


Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project web page

UF EDIS Factsheet: Introduction to LED Lighting

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