Gainesville Garden

Current Hours

Tuesday - Sunday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Last entry at 3 p.m.)

Children's Garden Grand Opening

Members-only Preview
Friday, March 20, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Public Grand Opening
Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Garden open until 6 p.m.

Join us for two days of celebration and free play in the Gainesville Garden’s new Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children’s Garden. Enjoy special programming, face-painting, performances, photos with Tree Man, music, food and more!

The 2 ½-acre attraction is perched on the highest point of the property. Newly planted trees and flowering shrubs envelop this magical space where fire, water and earth intertwine with unforgettable features like Desmond the Dragon, a new Train Garden, a Treehouse/Play Fort and so much more.

Designed by Spurlock Landscape Architects, the garden features hands-on exploration, opportunities for adventure, water play and free play elements. Sounds of laughter and squeals of delight waft over the entire garden as children check out this wonderful new setting.

Your Local Woodland Oasis

Escape to a woodland oasis where days can be as relaxing as they are fun. Explore nationally recognized plant collections and connect with nature in new and unexpected ways.

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Gainesville Events & Classes

Connect with beauty and the natural world in the Gainesville Garden.  Explore outdoor gardens, browse seasonal exhibitions, improve your art and gardening skills and more.

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Gainesville Events & Classes

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February 28

Fairyland Trolley


Choo choo! All aboard for model-train trolley fun in the Gainesville Garden.

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March 04

Storytime & Budding Artists


Young children are invited to enjoy weekly stories and create seasonal works of ...

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March 14

Dragon Inspired Art


Using Desmond the Dragon in our children’s garden as a focus, children can creat...

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March 19

Take Great Pictures! - Photography Basics


This photography course is designed to help you take great pictures and discover...

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Gainesville Garden Map

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Gainesville Private Events & Rentals

Host your event in the serenity of the Gainesville woodlands, minutes from the downtown square. Indoor/outdoor space for 10 to 2,000 people make the Garden perfect for all your event needs.
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About the Gainesville Garden

At the garden, experiences are growing daily, and you’ll always experience something new.

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