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Featured Upcoming Events!
Concert: October 17 (7pm - 9pm) 2014
Keith Peter and Talking Sticks will be playing original music at the Pavilion. Regular admission price ($7.42) for non members and members are admitted FREE of charge. The Garden will close at 5pm and re-open at 6pm that day. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and feel free to bring a picnic basket.
We would like to have one or two food vendors, if you interested download an application here
Fall Plant Sale, Open House, and Orchid Show: October 25 & 26 (9am - 5pm) 2014*
Each October, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens holds an Open House & Fall Plant Sale, inviting visitors to see the facility ADMISSION FREE. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens formally opened to the public in October of 1987 and the Open House is a means of celebrating our 'birthday.' In addition to viewing the botanical gardens, approximately 40 booth will be set up selling a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society's judged orchid show will coincide with the Fall Plant Sale and will take place inside Kanapaha's entrance building. Pets are not allowed at these festivals
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