Chapman Botanical Gardens
Apalachicola is full of hidden gems where you can have an experience like no other. Adjoining the Orman House Historic State Park is Chapman Botanical Gardens. The gardens are named after Dr. Alvan Chapman, a respected 19th-century botanist. He was the author of “Flora of the Southern United States,” the first book outlining many species of plants in the South. Chapman is also credited with the discovery of various rare plants in Florida, and Chapman oak and Chapman’s rhododendron were named after the botanist.
The gardens feature a variety of areas where you can find peace and solitude. The butterfly garden is an excellent place to simply relax while an array of native and migratory butterflies flutter around you. There are several seating areas located around the garden, including a gazebo.
Walking the half-mile loop that winds throughout the garden is the best way to see all that the garden has to offer. On one end of the garden, the paved walkway leads to an elevated boardwalk that takes you over a small marsh area. This section was created to give visitors a taste of “old Florida” and what the area looked like before settlers arrived.
Chapman Botanical garden is a quiet escape that is waiting and ready for your enjoyment. Meander through the gardens and allow yourself to experience the natural beauty of nature. The gardens are truly one of Apalachicola’s hidden gems and you won’t regret a visit to this incredible place.