Let Nature Challenge You


Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy. From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a stabilized walkway encircles a beautiful two-acre lake. This trail gently descends about 25 feet from to the foot of the lake and then returns up a gentle slope on the opposite side to the trailhead. Interpretive signs and over 100 labeled plants enhance the loop. In addition, over two miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats. Along the trails, benches invite you either to pause and enjoy the view or to get in a good stretch during a vigorous walk. The Arboretum is developed and managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc., a non-profit entity that leases the land from the City. Except for special events, there is no admission fee.

News – April 2015


A Plein Air Painting Event

Logo.Brush with Nature

The BIG event is coming soon! Plan now to attend one or all three days plus the Artists’ Reception & Show wrap-up party at bestbet Jacksonville on Saturday evening. There will be several other activities, but the participating artists are the stars of the event with sales of their Arboretum paintings producing the primary revenue from this fundraiser.

Painting “en plein air”, a French term for “in the open air”, takes a special type of artist; one who can paint quickly to capture the light of the moment; one who can endure the elements of nature; and one who enjoys interacting with people while painting. The works of these artists reflect a true love of nature. By purchasing a painting, on-site in the “wet tent” or at the Artists’ Reception & Show, you will have a lasting memory of a moment in time at the Arboretum. Best of all, sales proceeds are split 50:50 between the artists and the Arboretum.

In addition to art for sale, the Artists’ Reception & Show will have great food and drink and live music by Joe Williams. For more information, to purchase patron awards or to purchase tickets to the Artists’ Reception & Show, please visit www.abrushwithnature.org.

Please note that the following rules will be in effect during the event:


Thank you for your consideration.

Round-up Recap


Photos above courtesy of Diane Krug

The Annual Air Potato Round-up in northeast Florida changed this year because the air potato leaf beetle has done such a great job of slowing the spread of air potatoes. This year at the Arboretum, students from UNF, Sandalwood, and Greenwood, along with other volunteers, spent the morning removing exotic pest plants such as coral ardisia, exotic sword fern, wild taro, camphor tree seedlings, Chinese privet, glossy privet, and paperbark mulberry. It was a cool, wet morning but, as you can see in the photos, the students dove right in. Activities like this help remove weedy pests from the Arboretum and also teach students about the problem of exotic pests that have escaped from farms, pastures, and gardens into natural areas.

Single, But Not Solitary

Photo Courtesy of Ken McBride

A subset of the Jax 35-50 Social Singles group toured the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens this past January. They enjoyed that nature tour so much that another tour was scheduled for this past month. The aim of the latest tour was to admire the spring blooms, including those of the red buds, fringe trees, azaleas, and iris. Although the plants did not disappoint, a particular gopher tortoise and osprey deserved their own round of applause. Rumor has it that the day was so lovely and the group such fun the tour guide enjoyed the nature hike as much as everyone else.

National Public Garden Day

Public gardens

Receive a 10% discount on all memberships during APGA Garden Days and Mothers Day weekend. Receive a 10% discount on all family memberships May 9th from 10 AM-2 PM at the Arboretum membership table.

Membership For Mommy

Really, you want to take Mom out for lunch and get her a robe AGAIN???
Nothing beats time with your family in nature.
Why not purchase a family Arboretum membership and take Mom out to enjoy a day with you!

Enjoy Soccer & Support The Arboretum

Enjoy a soccer game and support the Arboretum at the same time! For each Jacksonville Armada ticket purchased by April 2nd, $5 will be donated to the non-profit of your choice. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-844-2-ARMADA. Make sure to enter the passcode JAG.

Volunteer Gatekeepers Needed

Please email us at: info@jacksonvillearboretum.org

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