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Kay and Douglas Ivester Visitor Center

Your visit to the Gainesville Garden starts with the Kay and Douglas Ivester Visitor Center. Volunteer greeters and members of the Garden's Guest Experience team welcome you through the lobby, where you'll find maps and information on upcoming Garden events.

There's a large terrace with cozy seating off the back overlooking the Forest Pond, which is included in private events utilizing the adjacent Event Room.

On your way out, be sure to swing by the Garden Gift Shop, home to unique woodland works and Garden memorabilia.

Mountain Gordlinia

Take in the beautiful yellow blossoms on this hybrid cultivar next to the Forest Pond.
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Ever Red Fringe Flower

Experience this unique, vibrant Chinese native flower blooming near the Gainesville Visitor Center.
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Chinese Cotoneaster

Discover this beautiful berry bush when in bloom near the Gainesville Ivester Visitor Center.
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Golden Larch

The soft green foliage of the Golden Larch turns to golden yellow in fall. Oddly, this deciduous conifer loses its needles in winter.
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