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.
NOTE: Closed on Saturday, October 17 from 1 PM to prepare for Arbor-Eat-um event.
Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 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 the City of Jacksonville’s ADA Coordinator at 630-4940 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow three business days for appropriate processing.
News – October 2015
Arbor-EAT-um Wine and Food Fest
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.
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.
Halloween is a few weeks away. Instead of candy, why not treat the little boy or ghoul in your life with an Adopt-a-Species fit for just such an occasion?
This $30 one-year adoption fee will help preserve Arboretum plant and animal habitats, not to mention your munchkin’s teeth.
The personalized adoption certificates and Fun Facts sheets, with a photograph of the adopted species, make fun gifts for the adult trick-or-treaters in your life too. As the disappointed zombie once said, “this one is a no-brainer”.
For more information and a list of species available for adoption, download Adapt-a-Species Application (.pdf).
The Many Uses of Plants Hike
Despite overcast skies and a forecast of rain, nearly 20 people joined Chuck Hubbuch on the September Saturday Nature Walk for a discussion of plants and their many uses for people. Chuck talked about uses of plants in general and then discussed the uses of plants along the Lake Loop trail, several of which have been planted in recent months. The rain stayed away and the hour tour stretched into two hours as tour participants asked questions and made observations.
The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens will be exploring the “Many Uses of Plants” topic further and plans to add more plants useful to people. If you missed this Nature Walk, do not fret. The Arboretum offers free Nature Walks at 9:30 AM on the second Saturday of every month and will be offering Chuck Hubbuch’s “The Many Uses of Plants” themed Nature Walk again on January 9th and May 14th.
Thank You September Workday Volunteers
A big thank you to everyone who helped pile the trailer high with weeds at our September Workday.
Join us 9 AM – noon the second Saturday of each month to help with garden maintenance. Bring old, but sturdy, walking shoes and a strong back. We will provide gloves, tools and water. The next workday is October 10th. Please come help spruce up the site for the Arbor-EAT-um event and fall weddings. If you have questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Free Training Session
At the Arboretum on October 31st, the First Coast Invasive Working Group will offer a three hour “Identifying and Mapping Invasive Species” training session.
If you are interested in attending and helping the Arboretum map their invasives, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata), with it’s heart shaped leaves and eye catching flowers, is delightful this time of year at the Arboretum. This aquatic plant provides food for ducks, turtles, fish, insects, snails and even deer, while providing shelter for even more organisms. Although humans have been known to boil the leaves as greens and eat the nut-like seeds, most prefer Pickerelweed for beauty.
Memberships, Good Feelings, Fun Times, & Honey
Have you been looking for a community activity for you and your friends? An Arboretum membership provides plenty of volunteer activities to choose from and each comes with the knowledge that you are helping your community all while having fun with your friends!
Included in your membership are invitations to special free-to-members events, where you can meet up, roast weenies, make s’mores and enjoy the Arboretum after closing hours!! Members also receive 10% discounts off all tickets and merchandise!!!
Imagine how easy your holiday shopping will be once you’ve bought fresh Arboretum honey for everyone!!!! Or get your friends together and attend the Arbor-EAT-um event, with your 10% off tickets, and they can purchase their own Arboretum-fresh-from-the-hive honey!!!!!
Remember the Jacksonville Arboretum is an all volunteer organization that depends solely on your support. So please, become a member, come out and volunteer, attend the Arbor-EAT-um Wine and Food Fest, and buy Arboretum honey. You will be glad you did. Visit the Membership page here.
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