The mission of the Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation is to serve as a unique community resource dedicated to providing an interactive learning environment that fosters an appreciation of nature and landscaping, preserves our natural resources and promotes environmental education.
The Park began in 1990 when a group of interested citizens and community groups rallied support to save the 10-acre site in northwest Bradenton that has once been the Manatee County Nursery. The Foundation was incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit organization, created to preserve the former nursery as a valuable green space and Park.
Palma Sola Botanical Park provides the community with a unique opportunity to enjoy educational programs, passive recreation and public events in the midst of 10 acres of natural beauty. The Park is located in the Old Palma Sola section of northwest Bradenton. The site is an unusually warm microclimate and a protected parcel of land, it is notably frost-free. Because of these environmental conditions, the Park showcases collections of rare palms, fruits, and flowering trees. Other subtropical plants can be safely grown in our protective environment. The Park contains lush tranquil gardens and three pretty lakes.
he Park now boasts a wonderful exotic fruit tree and nut tree section. This area was planted and is maintained by the Manatee Rare Fruit Council. They installed a lovely shell walkway with benches and each tree bears an identification post. The Gulfcoast Plumeria Society has also established two groves of Plumeria trees from around the world. With the St. Stephen’s School Youth laying the new shell pathway in that area, daily the park grows and changes.
he Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation, was created in 1993 to preserve the former nursery as a valuable green space and park. In October 1996, the Foundation entered into a long-term agreement with Manatee County Government to establish the Palma Sola Botanical Park .The Foundation and Manatee County are working in partnership to develop the park which provides our community with a unique opportunity to enjoy educational programs, passive recreation and public events in the midst of ten acres of natural beauty.
he park now boasts of lush tranquil gardens, three lakes, the Galleria and Baden Buildings as well as a screen pavilion and a gazebo for us to enjoy. Children can frolic in their own special area, complete with kid-size play equipment! The Palma Sola Botanical Park needs Foundation members to continue to grow. Please consider joining our foundation.