Parks and Recreation

To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.

Gizella Kopsick Arboretum - Palms and Cycads


North Shore Dr. & 11th Ave NE • St. Petersburg, Florida • 33701


Open Daily 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset

More than 500 palms and growing!

Currently there are more than 500 palms and cycads representing some 150 species from around the world. Development of the arboretum is a continuing, never-ending project. The collection will grow as new species become available. Gizella Kopsick Arboretum - Palms and Cycads development is supervised by the City Beautiful Commission in cooperation with the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department.

Guided Tours

To schedule a tour please call (727) 893-7441.

Location & Parking

Located on North Shore Dr. at the foot of 10th Ave. NE, just north of North Shore Swimming Pool and the Vinoy Resort. Adjacent parking is free of charge.

Contributions Are Welcome

Gift information may be obtained by contacting the city's Parks and Recreation Department, 1400 19th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713. Or call (727) 893-7441. All donations are tax deductible.

Gizella Aboretum Pavers Pathway

Relax and Learn

The arboretum allows visitors to study and enjoy many exotic and native Florida palms and cycads in one convenient setting.

It contains some large palms which are too big for most private yards and introduces some new and exotic palms which may be grown in small yards. The park offers a unique educational experience while at the same time providing a peaceful setting to relax and enjoy nature. Click here for the news on the most recent addition to the cycad collection.

It is easier to refer to a palm by its nickname or common name if one exists. But it is helpful to become familiar with the scientific name, since some common names can be confusing. Palm scientific names are in two parts. The first name is the genus name or a group of palms within the palm family. The second part of a palm name is its species.


The History

Development of the Gizella Kopsick Arboretum - Palms and Cycads began in 1976.

The two-acre park was once a city miniature golf course which was closed due to escalating maintenance costs. A concerned resident and park volunteer, Mrs. Elva Rouse, proposed the area as ideal for an arboretum. The proposal was adopted by City Council and subsequently the arboretum was created through a generous gift of stock from Miss Gizella Kopsick, a long-time palm admirer.

Initially, 60 palms representing 10 species were planted in the park. Drinking fountains, a gazebo, conversation corners with wooden benches and red brick paving were installed in a graceful circle winding through the palms. All facilities were designed to meet the needs of the handicapped, which included Miss Kopsick, who was confined to a wheelchair. The arboretum was dedicated on May 16, 1977, Miss Kopsick's 100th birthday. Since the park opened many additional gifts have been received from interested individuals and organizations.

Palm trees      Palm Tree

Palm Trees

Get Involved

Gift Tree Program

Participate in this program by having a tree planted to honor a person or organization, or as a memorial. All trees are planted on city-owned properties. Contributions in any amount are accepted and accumulate toward the price of a tree. Names of persons being honored or remembered and names of donors are inscribed in a leather-bound register located in the Mayor's office at St. Petersburg City Hall.

Engraved Pavers
Palm Trees

Paving the Future Brick Program

Set your name in stone by purchasing a commemorative brick in the Gizella Kopsick Arboretum - Palms and Cycads and help preserve this beautiful space for the enjoyment of generations to come. The bricks will be custom engraved and placed around the planting beds in the beautiful palm garden. Your contribution is tax deductible and all proceeds will fund the expansion of the Gizella Kopsick Arboretum - Palms and Cycads.

The Paving the Future Brick Program is currently on hold due to finding a new brick engraver and policy review. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For more information on either program call the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department at (727) 893-7441.