Featured Upcoming Events!



Concert Series (Part 1): September 5, 2014 (7pm-9pm)

Keith Peters and friends will be playing original music at the Pavilion. Regular admission price for non members and members are admitted FREE of charge. The concert series will continue on September 12th and 26th!

We are currently looking for a couple of food/drink vendors for our concert series in September. If you are interested in being a vendor, download an application here


Concert Series (Part 2): September 12, 2014 (7pm-9pm)

String for Things will be playing a quartet of flamenco and tango music! Regular admission price for non members and members are admitted FREE of charge. The concert series will continue on September 26th!


Paint Out: September 12, (10am - 5pm) 13 & 14 (10am-7pm) 2014

Local landscape artists will be gathering to create live paintings at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The 3 day event is part of the 12th Worldwide Artist Paint Out, linking artists and locations all over the world and promoting art as a universal language that has no borders. The lush settings and vistas of Kanapaha Gardens will offer the artists an abundance of inspiration. The gardens have long been a muse for the local creative community, and hosted in 2002 one of the very first paint outs in Florida. Since then, these events have seen an explosion of popularity and patronage. Come join us! Witness the mysterious creative process as you stroll through the gardens from artist to artist. They will marvel you with their sleight of hand as they magically create masterpieces before your very eyes! Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.


Art Opening: September 19 (6pm-9pm) 2014

Be the first to purchase a favorite painting at the reception and exhibition in the Summer House Gallery. The show, Worldwide Paint Out @ Kanapaha Botanical Gardens will hang in the Summer House Gallery. A commission of 40% on art sales benefits Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. There is no cost associated with attending the Art Opening. The outside Gardens will not be open at this time.


Concert Series (Part 3): September 26 (7pm - 9pm) 2014

An Triúr is an Irish traditional and sometimes not so traditional acoustic collection made up of multi-instrumentalist musicians and recording artists from the Gainesville area. An Triúr usually features the traditional instruments and music of Ireland with new and exciting and sometimes quite quirky arrangements as only they can come up with.  An Triúr plays concertinas, whistles, flutes, bodhrans, accordions, guitars, banjo, bouzuki, and the bagpipes of Ireland: the uilleann pipes. The music they play is Irish Traditional music, some of which dates back hundreds of years. 



When looking for things to do in Gainesville, we are pleased to inform you that Kanapaha Botanical Gardens has been identified as "Best of Attractions Gainesville Florida", by UpTake.com. UpTake.com awards are based on a careful analysis of customer reviews and expert ratings from across the web collected from over 5000 different websites and millions of customer opinions.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a perfect venue for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, meetings, retreats, conferences and other social functions with both indoor and outdoor rental opportunities. For more information on rentals click here.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Some of Kanapaha's gardens are organized taxonomically; others demonstrate principles of ecology or natural selection. Kanapaha's signature plants include a premier stand of Chinese royal bamboo (Wong Chuk), and--during the warm months--giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums. The months offering the most color are June through September. Excluding special events like our Spring Garden Festival and Moonlight Walk, dogs are permitted on leashes. For more information on the various specialty gardens found at Kanapaha click here

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a 62 acre facility founded, developed, funded and operated by the North Florida Botanical Society, a non-profit educational organization. In 1978, the Society signed a lease agreement with Alachua County whereby it gained access to a 33 acre tract of land for the development of a public botanical garden; in 1982, an additional 29 acre parcel was added to the lease, bringing Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to its present size. The Gardens' name is derived from its proximity to 250 acre Lake Kanapaha. The word Kanapaha is derived from the Timucua Indian words for "palmetto leaf" and "house." Taken together, they refer to the thatched dwellings that were home to the original residents of a small Timucua village on the western shore of Lake Kanapaha. Between 1978 and 1987, the infrastructure and initial plantings were completed and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens was formally opened to the public on October 16, 1987.  For more information on recent happenings at the gardens look through our newsletters by clicking here

Kanapaha's walkways are largely wheelchair accessible and benches, gazebos and other rest stations are liberally spaced throughout the facility. Dogs are permitted. An exceptional gift shop offers a varied and unusual array of items including original art and treasures from the natural world. For information on admission prices and hours of operation click here.

Kanapaha hosts many special events throughout the year including North Central Florida's premier horticultural event, the Spring Garden Festival. Another must see is our Moonlight Walk where over 1500 luminaries are featured as well as live music. We also have a bamboo sale in the winter. For more information on special events and plant sales click here

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a non-profit organization. If you are interested in charitable giving click below.

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