Kanapaha Botanical Gardens


4700 S.W. 58th Drive Gainesville, FL 32608

Exit 384 from I-75, turn right, stay in right lane and go 1 mile west

to the entrance on SWArcher Road (SR 24)

(352) 372-4981    kbotanical@gmail.com

 Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a 62 acre facility founded, developed, funded and operated by the North Florida Botanical Society, a non-profit educational organization. In 1978, the Society signed a lease agreement with Alachua County whereby it gained access to a 33 acre tract of land for the development of a public botanical garden; in 1982, an additional 29 acre parcel was added to the lease, bringing Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to its present size. The Gardens’ name is derived from its proximity to 250 acre Lake Kanapaha. The word Kanapaha is derived from the Timucua Indian words for “palmetto leaf” and “house.” Taken together, they refer to the thatched dwellings that were home to the original residents of a small Timucua village on the western shore of Lake Kanapaha.

Please contact me if you have any further questions or would like more information.  Thanks you, Alexis Caffrey,  Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Director

(352) 372-4981    kbotanical@gmail.com