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Wild columbine Saturday, April 21, 8am - 1pm

The second annual spring native plant sale at Morningside Nature Center, sponsored by the Florida Native Plant Society and the Friends of Morningside. Sale of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. 3540 E University Avenue, Gainesville, FL. (352) 334-2170.

The wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) shown at left was purchased at a previous FPNS/FOM native plant sale.

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Farmers' markets

    Tuesdays, 2pm - sunset
    Butler Plaza Farmers' Market at Butler Plaza Central on Archer Road in Gainesville.

    Wednesdays, 2pm - sunset
    Downtown High Springs, FL.

    Wednesdays, 4pm - sunset
    Union Street (Downtown) Farmers' Market at the Sun Center, next to the Hippodrome State Theater, in downtown Gainesville, SE 1st Street and 2nd Place. Wheelchair accessible. Live music begins at 5pm.

    Saturdays, 8:30am - 1pm
    Alachua County Farmers' Market on NW 34th Street (SR 121) just west of NW 13th Street (US 441) in Gainesville. Wheelchair accessible. (352) 371-8266

    Saturdays, 8:30am - 1pm
    Haile Plantation Farmers' Market on the village green in the Haile Plantation business district (off Tower Road in SW Gainesville).

Places of interest

KBG pond
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
    Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 9am - 5pm
    Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 9am - dusk
    Closed Thursday
    This 62-acre botanical garden is environmentally diverse, offering mature hardwood forests interspersed with rolling meadows and magnificent vistas overlooking Lake Kanapaha. Ten major gardens are connected by a mile-long loop of paved walkways, making virtually the entire facility wheelchair accessible. Approximately 80% of the walkway traverses shaded woodlands, a feature that makes the jaunt comfortable during the oppresively hot days of late summer when floral color is at its peak. Off Archer Road, 1 mile west of I-75, Gainesville, (352) 372-4981.


    • $3 for adults
    • $2 for children 6 to 13 years of age
    • free for children under 6 years of age
    • free for members of the North Florida Botanical Society

    Find out how you can honor a person or organization you care about and help build the new Summer House at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

Florida Museum of Natural History
    Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
    Sunday, 1pm - 5pm
    Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
    Located on the UF campus at the intersection of SW 34th Street and Hull Road, Gainesville, FL. (352) 846-2000. Frequently has programs and exhibits of interest to gardeners.


1st Thursday, 7:30pm 2nd Sunday, 3pm
    Gainesville Koi, Goldfish & Water Garden Club meets at the home of a club member. Sponsors a pond tour each year. (352) 331-1268 for more info.
2nd Thursday, 10am - noon
    Four Seasons Garden Club of Gainesville. Does not meet in June, July and August. For more information: (352) 375-7326 or e-mail
2nd Thursday, 7:30pm
    Florida Native Plant Society Paynes Prairie Chapter meets at the Matheson Center, 513 East University Avenue, Gainesville. Wheelchair accessible. Does not meet in June, July, August, and December.
3rd Sunday, 2pm - 4pm
    Gainesville Camellia Society meets (usually) at the Millhopper Road Branch Library, NW 43rd Street, Gainesville. (See their newsletter online for details.) Does not meet in June, July, and August.
3rd Tuesday, 7pm
    North Central Florida Herb Society meets at the Downtown Library, East University Avenue, Gainesville. Info: (352) 481-4564 or (352) 371-3851. (Does not meet during summer.)
3rd Wednesday, 7pm
    Volusia County Orchid Society meets at the Volusia County Fairgrounds' Agricultural Center, DeLand, FL. Meetings offer lectures by professional orchid growers, workshops, plant raffles, plant sales, and silent auctions. Info: (904) 228-3286 or email
4th Sunday, 2pm
    Gainesville-Jacksonville Bromeliad Society meets at the UF Entomology Department, UF Campus, Gainesville. (352) 372-4576.
4th Monday, 7:30pm 4th Tuesday, 7:30pm
    Gainesville Rose Society meets at the Doyle Conner Building, 1911 SW 34th Street, Gainesville. The December meeting is the Holiday Luncheon, and the June meeting is the annual picnic. Does not meet in July and August.
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