Friday, January 15, 2016
Sunken Gardens of St.Petersburg
These botanical gardens have been a landmark of St.Petersburg since 1935. In 1903 it was the property of George Turner,Sr.,a plumber and avid gardener. He drained a shallow lake, which had filled an ancient sinkhole and dropped 15 feet below street level to provide a rich soil to grow fruits and exotic plants from all over the world. By 1924 his garden was attracting visitors from around the world and Turner began charging 25 cents for a stroll through them. In 1999 it was purchased by the city of St.Petersburg.