The St. Johns Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve opens to the public on Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Located off County Road 13 in Hastings, the St. Johns Botanical Garden is situated among 16 acres that include a natural live oak forest.
During the opening, visitors can walk the 2.5 miles of trail winding among the individual gardens and the nature preserve. The celebration includes live music, an animal show by Wild Wonders, a butterfly exhibit, and food trucks. This unique setting is home to more than 2,400 species of plants, including more than 300 species of palm trees and other rare and endangered species. The Nature Preserve is left in its natural state so local flora and fauna can grow, hide, and feed, and so visitors can enjoy a glimpse of old Florida.
Schedule of Opening Day Events
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Food trucks and exhibitors
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Butterfly Exhibit Table
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wild Wonders Animal Show
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Live music with Brooke and Mike
Admission: Adults, $15.00; Seniors 65 and over, $10.00; Youth 8 - 17, $8.00; children under 8, free. When: Sunday, October 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Where: St. Johns Botanical Garden, 8310 County Road, 13 S. Hastings, Florida
The venerable live oak trees on the property create a unique environment for the endangered species of palm trees and other plants, providing shade in the summer and protection from cold and wind in the winter.
This unique setting is home to more than 2,400 species of plants and more than 300 species of palm trees on the site, including rare and endangered species.
Specific areas in the garden and preserve include an area for desert plants, one for native species, one for bromeliads, and various areas that present multiple species, each from a specific area of the world.
Visitors to St. Johns Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve will be able to meander along more than 2.5 miles of trail featuring both unique gardens and a nature preserve walk next to Deep Creek.