Let Nature Challenge You
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 three 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. $3 non-member visitor donation requested to help pay operations.
Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM.
NOTE : Starting March 14, extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM – 7 PM
Entry gates are locked promptly at closing so plan your visit so that you exit the Arboretum prior to closing.
ADA – For accommodation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
News – April 2017
New Zealand Cabbage
New Zealand cabbage, or Cordyline australis, may be sold by name in nurseries but is often found at box stores labeled as “spikes.” It is often treated as a summer annual but it can grow as a perennial in Jacksonville. In fact, it can grow to tree-like proportions – over fifty feet tall. As a young plant, it has a single stem topped by long, grass-like leaves. It branches as it grows larger and older. Cultivated plants may have green, reddish or white-striped leaves.
In New Zealand, where it is native, traditional uses include weaving with its leaf fibers, medicinal uses and various parts can be eaten. Strong fibers from the leaves have been used for making rope, fish traps, mats, baskets and sandals. In modern times, the fibers have been used to make paper. Medicinal uses include treatments of cuts and skin problems, treatment of diarrhea, stomach aches and colic, and use as a blood tonic.
The tender leaf buds are eaten, much like heart-of-palm. Stems and underground rhizomes contain sugars. They were cooked and eaten, and fermented to produce alcoholic beverages. In New Zealand, selections were made of plants that were particularly good to eat. The seeds are eaten, too.
New Zealand cabbage grows well in part shade to full sun. It requires some irrigation during prolonged Florida droughts. In the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens, young plants can be seen in the palm garden on the south side of the lake.
Discovering Nature Nearby
Programs for 2017
Global Warming Program
Held March 18
About 15 were in attendance for the program on global warming that was presented by Kenneth Rainer, Education Coordinator and Emma Hanson, Public Outreach Educator, of GTM Research Reserve.
Their program was perfectly geared to the mixed age group with questions and experiments to keep them involved and thinking.
Particularly effective was their citizen science approach. The children and adults traveled from one station to the other to discover how carbon moves around and is not lost from the environment. When they drew the carbon movements on their sheet, they were able to see the cycle for themselves. And, in the second experiment, it was fun for the young people to measure the width of the tree, use tools to triangulate the height, then use the electronic device to determine the amount of carbon the tree sequestered over its lifetime. They learned that there is a finite amount of carbon we can release from our excessive fossil fuel use before it over-saturates the system.
Coming – April 15
Join us on April 15 for a butterfly release and a discussion on native pollinators!
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