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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville

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The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (62 acres, 25 hectares) is a botanical garden in Gainesville, Florida, operated by the North Florida Botanical Society. Their name comes from nearby Lake Kanapaha. The gardens were established in 1978 when the society leased 33 acres (13.4 hectares) for a public botanical garden. Another 29 acres (11.7 hectares) were added in 1982. The gardens opened to the public in 1986.

As of 2005, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens contain Florida's largest public bamboo gardens and the largest herb garden in the Southeast.

The gardens include the following major collections:

Arboretum

Azalea/Camellia garden

Bamboo garden

Butterfly garden

Crinum garden

Cycad garden

Fern cobble

Herb garden

Hummingbird garden

Palm hammock

Rock garden

Rose garden

Spring flower garden

Vinery

Woodland garden
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  • We really enjoyed the gardens. It was a great place to spend part of our day. The gardens were a great place to walk and enjoy beautiful scenery. 
    We really enjoyed the gardens. It was a great place to spend part of our day. The gardens were a great place to walk and enjoy beautiful scenery.  more »
  • We LOVED this garden! My husband and I took our time walking through the different gardens. By the time we finished, four hours had passed like it was nothing. We really enjoyed the fact there was so....  more
    We LOVED this garden! My husband and I took our time walking through the different gardens. By the time we finished, four hours had passed like it was nothing. We really enjoyed the fact there was so....  more »
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  • What an amazing garden. I attended the orchid show and sale. Very nice people, prices were high, but this is the future. Rising prices everywhere. No exception. Great place to take children to learn about plants. Quite difficult to push a wheelchair through with so many sandy areas. Just a beautiful nature escape.
  • Some ginger plants and Camilla bushes were in bloom ,many to bloom out soon! Lovely paved walkways through wooded areas and beautiful views of water ways. To increase rose blooms they should cut back but they may get frost or freezing this next month so probably won't. Looking raggedy. Very nice,clean restrooms and gift shop. They sell bamboo limbs. Bamboo is grown in great quantities.

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