Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (Gainesville, Florida) is a 68 acre facility 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 Botanical Gardens is a premier Gainesville wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor rentals for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, meetings, retreats, conferences and other social functions. 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. Kanapaha hosts many special events throughout the year including a Bamboo Sale and North Central Florida's premier horticultural event, the Spring Garden Festival. Another must-see is our Moonlight Walk when the paths and meadows are illuminated by special laser lights and more than 1500 luminaries; live music is featured as well. Except during special events, like our Spring Garden Festival and Moonlight Walk, dogs are permitted on leashes. Picnic baskets are welcome and there is a picnic area very close to the entrance building. Kanapaha's walkways are largely wheelchair accessible and benches, gazebos and other rest stations are liberally spaced throughout the facility. An exceptional gift shop offers a varied and unusual array of items including original art and treasures from the natural world.
Monday - 9am to 5pm
Tuesday - 9am to 5pm
Wednesday - 9am to 5pm
Thursday – Closed
Friday - 9am to 5pm
Saturday - 9am to the earlier of 7pm or dusk
Sunday - 9am to the earlier of 7pm or dusk
•Hours of operation during special events differ from hours listed above (please see events)
•We are closed for Christmas Day
•No entry 45 minutes before closing
Besides special events, dogs are allowed on a leash. We have dog watering bowls on both sides of the gardens and complimentary dog biscuits at the greetings desk.
2020 special event dates dogs are NOT allowed:
Spring Garden Festival: March 21 & 22
Moonlight Walk: May 2
Fall Plant Sale & Orchid Show: October 24 & 25
Guest are welcome to bring in food and drinks and have a picnic. We have a picnic area north of the entrance building as well as many gazebos and benches along the trail. Guest are welcome to bring a blanket and use our lawn areas as well. Minimal snacks (chips and crackers) and drinks (water and soda) are sold at the entrance building.
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