Shangri La Gardens
Shangri La’s Visitor Center engages visitors to become acquainted with the rich history of Shangri La, from H.J. Lutcher Stark’s original vision to the new Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. This area includes the Exhibit Hall, Discovery Theater, Exhibition Greenhouses, historic Epiphyte Greenhouse, the Here We Grow! Children’s Garden, the Wetland Demonstration Garden, Edibles Garden, a Café, and the Garden Store.
A prominent feature of Shangri La is its Botanical Gardens. Utilizing artistic concepts, the Botanical Gardens feature hundreds of plant species in artistically themed displays that are intended to inspire and amaze. The gardens include five artistic rooms and four Sculpture Gardens. A historic color garden around the reflection pool known as the Pond of the Blue Moon pays tribute to the original Shangri-La, featuring 41 varieties of azaleas, some of which belonged to H.J. Lutcher Stark in his original Shangri-La.
The modern Shangri La is also a world-class Nature Center. Visitors first experience the Nature Center when they explore the Nature Discovery Center, a hands-on exhibit dedicated to Shangri La’s wetland ecosystems. Following a stroll through Shangri La’s Cypress-Tupelo swamp on a boardwalk, visitors board the Outpost Tour watercraft and enter the world of cypress swamps while travelling to one of two Outposts. At these Outposts, visitors learn about the importance of wetlands, upland forests, and grasslands to both man and wildlife.
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm