Almost seventy acres of immaculately maintained botanical gardens on Lake Kanapaha. If you find yourself near Gainesville and enjoy gardens, you don’t want to miss these.
The best time to visit and stroll around over a mile of paths is June to September. However, the layout makes it easy to walk short sections if you choose.
Here is a link to the gardens with a map of the grounds.
The Bamboo Garden is especially spectacular and the largest display in Florida. You can buy specimens of bamboo at the visitor center if you want to take some home.
The waterfalls are beautiful, and the Children’s Garden is whimsical and fun.
The bridge leading to the Conifer Garden crosses a lily pond with brightly colored koi fish. I saw a good-sized softshell turtle basking in a sunny spot in the conifers.
The gazebo in the Butterfly Garden is a great place to relax in the shade. You are surrounded by colorful flowers and have a scenic view down across the water features.