Tuesday - Sunday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Last entry at 3 p.m.)
Children's Garden Grand Opening
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.
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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Choo choo! All aboard for model-train trolley fun in the Gainesville Garden.
Storytime & Budding Artists
Young children are invited to enjoy weekly stories and create seasonal works of ...
Dragon Inspired Art
Using Desmond the Dragon in our children’s garden as a focus, children can creat...