Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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Swallowtail butterfly resting on a rose in the Kanapaha rose garden
Nymphaea alba at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Red-shouldered hawk at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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.

Sign on Archer Road

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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Further reading[edit]

  • Donald Goodman; Founder, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville; age 70 Icon February 2014 page 16 Florida Trend

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Coordinates: 29°36′44″N 82°24′32″W / 29.6122°N 82.4089°W / 29.6122; -82.4089