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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.
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
For links to other local attractions and other botanical gardens in Florida, 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