Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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Did you know Gainesville has a gardener’s dream with our very own Kanapaha Botanical Gardens?  Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections throughout 1.5 mile paved walkway. These include the state’s largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast.  June through September prove to be the most colorful in the Gardens.

Kanapaha offers guided tours of the Gardens every first Friday of the month. Tours begin at 10:00 am.  You may also enjoy a picnic in the Gardens.  Bring your picnic basket and find a perfect spot in one of the lawns, picnic tables, or gazebos.  Drinks and snacks may be purchased in the Summer House.  Want to bring Fido?  Dogs are welcome on a leash most of the year except during special events.

The Gardens is also a great location for events such as weddings, receptions, and retreats as they offer indoor and outdoor spaces for rent.

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.

4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville FL 32608  Telephone: 352-372-4981

 

Museum Gift Shops

Amazing gifts at three area museum shops will delight those special friends and family on your gift list for year round shopping. Many of these items are offered only in museum gift shops. A gift of a museum membership may also be appreciated. No entry fee to the museums to access the gift shops.

The Florida Museum of Natural History – two gift shops – the Butterfly Rainforest shop has a broad selection of butterfly related items including fashion accessories and colorful tees, wind chimes, home décor and attention getting butterfly jewelry. An enticing selection of beautifully illustrated books and games, Native American themed gifts makes learning fun for children of all ages.

Hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. –     Monday – Saturday & 1 to 5 p.m. – Sunday

Phone: 352 846-2000      www.flmnh.ufl.edu/visit/shopping/gift-shops/

Parking: free in garage Tues – Fri and all day Saturday and Sunday

3215 Hull Road – Gainesville, FL 32611

 

The Harn Museum of Art gift store – Handmade says, I care, and the museum art shop offers wonderfully handmade international items that can only be found in a museum shop. Many art related one-of-a-kind items from art and fine craft items, to books, toys, stationery, games, puzzles and the ever popular jewelry.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Sun 1 to 5 p.m.

Phone: 352 392-9826      http://www.harn.ufl.edu/museumstore

Parking: free in garage Tues – Fri and all day Saturday and Sunday

3259 Hull Road – Gainesville, FL 32611

 

Kanapaha Gardens’ gift shop – offers breathtaking selections of beautiful and unusual gift items for home décor in clay, glass, stone, metal, art and photography, gardening,  books, and personal adornment of apparel, scarves, and head-turning jewelry.

Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri – 9 am to 5 pm – Sat & Sun – closes dusk – closed Thursday

Phone: 352 372-4981      http://kanapaha.org/about/gift-shop/

4700 SW 58th Drive (off SW Archer Road, west of I-75) – Gainesville, FL 32608

 

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Nature lovers may have just found their paradise here in Gainesville because there are a plethora of outdoor activates for them to indulge in in the area. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens on 4700 SW 58th Drive is a beautiful 1 ½ mile nature walk on a 62 acre facility with 24 collections to view. Admission to the garden is only $7 for adults, $3.50 for children aged 6-13 and free for children under 6. Once in the garden you can go on a self-guided tour or you can schedule to go on the guided tour they have on the first Saturday of every month with their Master Gardener. Collections include a Boardwalk, Hummingbird Garden, Asian Garden and Water Garden. The facility’s feature event is the Spring Garden Festival that includes plants, displays, arts and crafts, education exhibits and food. Be sure to check out their website to find out more about when their next festival will be taking place. The gardens are open every day except on Thursdays and Christmas Day, so stop by this beautiful paradise from 9 to 5 on weekdays and from 9 to 7 on weekends to have a peaceful day of beautiful sights.  (Ashley Mondesir)

http://www.kanapaha.org/