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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Surronding the shores of Kanapaha Lake in Gainesville, Florida, Kanapaha Gardens have been in operation since 1977. The 62 acre garden is the second largest in the state. This garden was established and is maintained strictly for the public, as a place of enjoyment as well as education.

One of the outstanding features of Kanapaha Gardens is the extensive bamboo collection, it boasts one of the largest in the state. Another feature that is quite interesting is the Herb Garden. This garden lists the medicinal uses of dozens of common plants. It seems that most plants have been used at one time to treat some ailment or symptom.

Kanapaha is frequented mostly by local residents and students who want to get away from the city for a while. Visitors will experience over 10 distinctly different gardens. They include the Butterfly Garden, Herb Garden, Bamboo Grove, Vinery and various water gardens.

Kanapaha Gardens also host several major annual events. These include the Spring Moonlight Walk, Autumn Moon Festival and the famous Bamboo Sale. The Spring and Autumn festivals are very special; hundreds of lanterns, luminaries and floating candles fill the garden creating a truly magical scene.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

  • Address: 4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville, Fl, 32608
  • Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9am-5pm Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 9am-dusk closed Thursday
  • Admission: $3.00/2.00 adults/children
  • Contact Information: (352)372.4981
  • hammock.ifas.ufl.edu/kanapaha


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