Kanapaha Gardens Gainesville FL

naplesgardenerJuly 10, 2007

Well I made a special stop (drove like mad for 5 hours in the rain) on my vacation to go to Kanapaha in Gainesville which says they have the largest bamboo garden in FL. It was nice but disorganized. It's 62 acres, not all bamboo, with paths not clearly marked, some are, some aren't.

Nice bamboo but my visit was spoiled by a non-informed front desk person who told me they didn't have any bamboo for sale (one of the reasons I came).

After touring the garden I did find a small sale garden next to the main building (with--surprise--bamboo!) but when I went to buy it I found that they had all left for the day and locked me in.


I didn't have a watch but figured by my phone call to my husband back at the hotel that it had to be about 5:05 when I found the door locked (about 30 feet from the nursery area).

The only exit is thru the main building and a walk around the perimeter showed a determined planting of thorny agave-like plants barring any escape so I yelled for about 10 minutes until I spotted someone in the distance (leaving in his car) who came and let me out.

Glad I didn't have to call 911 to get out of this garden. That would have been embarrassing.

Who knew love of bamboo could get me in trouble.

Anyway when we got home I went straight to Home Depot to buy a big pot of Seashore Bamboo (B. maligensis) that I didn't buy earlier because I thought I'd get something more wonderful at Kanapaha. Ha-ha.

There's no place like home. There's no place like home.

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webgator(9 FL)

Sounds like you had one heck of a time!

However, Kanapaha usually has a large sale early in the year.

"Annual Winter Bamboo Sale. In early January, Kanapaha issues a descriptive sales/availability listing of bamboos that are being offered during January and February on a dug-to-order basis. Usually, between 15 and 20 types are offered; most are clumping forms but a few running bamboos-including the elegant black bamboo-are generally available. The list is mailed upon request. Individuals can order by phone and pay when picking up their plants. Plants are generally available for pick up within two weeks of ordering."

Where'd you drive from? Perhaps a trip to Chuck Theroux's place in Ormond Beach may have been a better choice? http://www.bamboo.ws/

Here is a link that might be useful: Kanapaha Gardens

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 11:56PM
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thanks for the tip. Ormond Beach would have been out of the way for me on that trip but I will put it in my future file. (My bumper should say "I brake for garden centers").

My Kanapaha experience will sound funny to me sometime in the near future but at the time I was po'd. If I heard the story about someone else I'd be ROFL.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 12:04PM
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webgator(9 FL)

No problem.

I kinda chuckled at first as I could imagine myself in the same predicament.

Maybe Sherri Snodgrass's place in N. Vero Beach would be closer? http://www.bambooflorida.com/

Here is a link that might be useful: Bamboo Florida

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 10:16PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

I just went to Beautiful Bamboo in Grovesville, Fl this past week. 35 mins from Orlando (NE).

They've got quite a selection (though not all varieties are available in all sizes).


I got a couple different varieties myself. (now I've jsut got to bring them back to Michigan and plant them).


    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 7:33PM
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I have been there but not done that. As you described it I could see myself having a panic attack. Now you have a story.
I love my boos and hope to get more.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 11:02PM
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