Two or three steps into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a different world. An amazing and beautiful world of incredible plants, flowers, bridges, waterfalls, and bamboo forests.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville is home to Florida’s largest public bamboo gardens, the largest herb garden in the Southeast, and so much more. The gardens were named after nearby Lake Kanapaha, which was once home to a Timucuan Indian village. “Kanapaha” comes from the Timucua words for “palmetto leaf” and “house,” referring to the thatched dwellings the Timucua lived in.
The 62-acre facility contains 24 major collections gathered into a variety of different gardens. There is a Cycad Garden, a Ginger Garden, Water Gardens, Hummingbird Garden, Rock Garden, and more. In fact, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is home to Florida’s largest public bamboo gardens as well as the largest herb garden in the Southeast!
A 1 ½ mile paved walkway meanders through the gardens, taking you over serene ponds and through meadows and forests. You’ll discover mazes, fish feeding stations, and a children’s garden. The grounds also include an arboretum, a vinery, and a greenhouse overflowing with orchids and bromeliads.
The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens gift shop has a varied and unusual array of original art and natural items that you wont find elsewhere.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Their annual Bamboo Sale and Spring Garden Festival draws thousands of eager gardeners and plant enthusiasts. If you have the opportunity to attend one of their Moonlight Walks, do so! Live music, lasers, and more than 1500 luminaries light the paths and meadows for a spectacular evening event.
The gift shop inside the Visitor Center is overflowing with wonderfully unique gifts that you won’t find anyplace else!
With the exception of some events, dogs may visit Kanapaha Botanical Gardens while on leash. The gardens are a wonderful place for a picnic and most of the gardens are wheelchair accessible with benches, gazebos, and rest stations throughout. There’s never a bad time to visit but the gardens are at their most colorful June through September.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr, Gainesville, FL 32608
M-W/F: 9am to 5pm | Sat/Sun – 9am to dusk/7pm
You can visit Kanapaha Botanical Gardens online at kanapaha.org
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