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 – September 2015

Arbor-EAT-um Wine and Food Fest

Saturday, October 17
3-6 PM
Entertainment by the North Florida Bluegrass Association

The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens will host its second Arbor”EAT”um Wine and Food Fest on October 17th, 2015.

The limited attendance event will showcase some of Jacksonville’s best loved restaurants who will provide samples of their signature menu items. Included in the restaurant line up will be:

Biscottis, Bold City Brewery,Bono’s & Pastiche Catering, Certified Steak & Seafood Company, Coffee Perks, Designed Events Catering, Earth Fare, The Grotto, Green Room Brewery, Guanabana Ice Pops, Havana Jax &Cuba Libre, Indochine, Mudville Grille, The Potters House Soul Food Bistro, Publix, River City Brewing Company, Salt Life Food Shack, TacoLu, Green Room Brewery, Zeta Brewing Company. and many other are expected to join the party.

The festival will also feature seasonal cheeses, desserts, and coffees as well as local craft beers and over 100 different selections of wines from around the world.

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The event will be held lakefront at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens from 3 – ­6 PM.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the North Florida Bluegrass Association as a backdrop to this festive “Wine in the Woods”Fundraising Event.

Tickets are available online for $50 per person or $90 per couple. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount of the posted ticket prices. Ticket price includes admission, a custom acrylic stemless wine glass, food and beverages and entertainment.

Patrons must be 21 years of age to attend. Dress is whatever you are comfortable in. We encourage our guests to wear appropriate shoes and take advantage of the unique natural environment found at the Arboretum.

Please make plans to join us as we kick off the fall season with this exciting outdoor extravaganza.

Nature at Night

September 5th
6-9 PM
Photo: Members & volunteers enjoying the May Nature at Night event

All members and volunteers are invited to attend a fun and friendly “roast your own hot dog” event September 5th from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Arboretum. Arrive Saturday evening with lawn chairs, bug spray, and flash lights. Then snack on Regal Cinema’s popcorn, as you stroll down to the Reflection Point Pavilion and East Event Lawn to play games, eat, and relax. Hot dogs will be provided by Certified Steak and Seafood and side dishes will be provided by Potter’s House “Soul Food Bistro”. Experience the many wonders of the Arboretum after hours, then return fireside for s’mores and dessert.

RSVP HERE by noon on September 5th. Please put “Nature at Night” in the subject line and let us know the number of adults & children in your party. Admission is free for members and volunteers; however, if you bring guests, we ask for a donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child to help defray costs.

Attendance will be limited to 100, so sign up now!

Thank You Rotaract!

Photo: Josh Whitley

Volunteers from Rotaract, a Rotary sponsored service club for young professionals, spent a recent summer morning wacking, tilling, and hacking their way through palmettos and tree roots to bring you a new trail through the gardens north of the Lake Loop. We hope to see these gals and guys again soon; they were nothing short of amazing. If your business or service group is interested in a project at the arboretum, please contact us at info@jacksonvillearboretum.org.



Adopt-a-Species is an affordable option to help the Arboretum preserve the plant and animal habitats within its boundaries. For a $30 one-year adoption fee, the donor or recipient receives a personalized adoption certificate and a Fun Facts sheet with a photograph of the adopted species; both are suitable for framing.

Adopting a Devil’s Walking Stick plant or gopher tortoise is a great way to inspire your child, grandchild or inner child to learn more about the natural world. There will be delight upon finding the adopted species on visits to the Arboretum and a personal connection will be established.

For more information and a list of species available for adoption, visit our support page.

Themed Nature Hikes:
The Many Uses of Plants

The first of the Arboretum’s themed nature hikes will take place on September 12th. As with all of the Arboretum’s second Saturday hikes, this tour will be free. Unlike the regularly scheduled hikes, this one will be led by Chuck Hubbuch, previous Director of Plant Collections at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and current director of the design and management of landscaping, gardens and natural areas at the University of North Florida. During the tour Chuck will point out plants that feed us, cloth us and provide shelter, medicines, tools and materials for art and recreation.

Volunteer Workdays are Back

Join us for the first garden workday of the Fall on September 12th 9AM to noon! We may have taken the summer off, but the weeds did not. Please come help groom the grounds for the upcoming Arbor-EAT-um. We will have water, gloves and tools. Wear closed-toed shoes; you may find long pants more comfortable for the tall weeds. You are welcome to bring your own tools and gloves, but please put your name on them so we can sort them out at the end of the workday. We look forward to seeing you on the 12th.

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