Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

4700 SW 58th Dr, Gainesville, FL 32608


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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a 68 acre facility comprised of 24 major collections, all visually accessible from a 1½ mile paved walkway. 

Collections 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. 

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 the Moonlight Walk when the paths and meadows are illuminated by special laser lights and more than 1500 luminaries; live music is featured as well. At the park's edge, relax on a bench and enjoy wide views of 250-acre Lake Kanapaha.

Other than during special events, dogs are allowed if on a leash, up to date on vaccines, and non-aggressive.