Special Events, Seminars, Guided Tours and Plant Sales

*hours of operation differ from normal hours on special events ending with an asteric



Guided Walk: December 6 (10am - 12pm) 2014

Kanapaha offers a guided tour the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.


Camellia Show: January 3 (1pm - 5pm) & 4 (9am-5pm) 2015

This two day event features prize-winning camellias of all sizes, shapes, and colors. There will be judged exhibits of japonicas, reticulatas, hybrids, and species. In addition to their outstanding winter beauty, some of the varieties are fragrant. This show is geared toward educating the public about the care, culture, and appreciation of camellias, both in the greenhouse and in the landscape. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge. For more information on the show please visit the Gainesville Camellia Societies' website at: www.americancamellias.org


Bamboo Sale: January & February 2015

Every winter, Kanapaha holds an Annual Winter Bamboo Sale. In December, Kanapaha issues a descriptive sales/availability listing of bamboos that are being offered during January and February on a dug-to-order basis.


Orders for bamboo may be phoned in to 352-372-4981. Buyers will be advised of the date orders will be ready for pickup and payment will be needed when orders are placed. There are no refunds issued after the bamboo has been dug. Bamboo Sale is in January and February only. Order are prioritized by the date the customer is willing to come pickup the bamboo since some orders may exceed availability. Last day for placing orders is February 23rd and the last day for picking up bamboo is March 1st.


Bamboo Workshop: January 24 (1:30 - 4pm) 2015

Every year the Director Emeritus of Kanapaha, Don Goodman, offers a bamboo workshop to acquaint homeowners with the bamboos. This workshop includes an introduction to Kanapaha's bamboo collection and information on the cultivation, propagation, and landscape utilization of bamboo species in North Florida. Included with regular admission cost to the gardens and members are admitted free of charge. As with all of our classes, price also includes admission into the gardens.


Spring Garden Festival: March 21 (9am - 5pm) & 22 (10am - 5pm) 2015

This is Gainesville's premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are a walk-through butterfly conservatory, children's activities area, live entertainment and live auctions. Parking is free and two off-site parking areas are serviced by shuttle buses. Admission is $8 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only (no credit cards) at these events. A $2 discount is given for members of Kanapaha. If you are interested in being a vendor, download an application by clicking here. Please refer to the FLEPPC plant guide of plant species we ask you to avoid selling by clicking here.

Sponsors of the show include: Visit Gainesville, Dominos Pizza and Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives


Easter Egg Hunt: March 29 (11am)

There will be 3000 candy and toy filled eggs spread over Kanapaha's expansive lawns for the youngsters to hunt. Bring a picnic basket for collecting the eggs. Show up promptly as children quickly find the the eggs. Come early and stay late to enjoy the 62 acre botanical gardens. Children $7 plus tax, Adults regular admission, Adult members get in free.


Moonlight Walk: May 2 (7pm-11pm) 2015

Kanapaha's Moonlight Walk is a magical experience where there will be twinkle lights, lanterns, and approximately 1500 luminaries along a 1.25 mile walkway. There will also be live entertainment, food, and refreshments. Feel free to bring out a blanket or lawn chairs. The Alachua Astronomy Club will be out with telescopes to view the cosmos. Fourteen dollars for adults, $7 for children ages three to thirteen. Members recive a $4 discount. No pets allowed during this event.


Mother's Day Special: May 10, 2015

FREE admission to mother's of all ages!


Father's Day Special: June 21, 2015

FREE admission to father's of all ages!


Veteran's Day Special: November 11, 2015

Active or retired military get into the Gardens FREE on Veteran's Day. Thank you for your services to this country!





Meeting Schedule for Horticulture Societies

Gainesville Camellia Society (view website): Third Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Gainesville Orchid Society (view website): Fourth Monday 6:30 p.m.

(Meeting times are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm. 372-4981)

4700 S.W. 58th Drive Gainesville, FL 32608, (352) 372-4981