I will be away for the month of March. Stay tuned in April for new stories here on the blog.
oil on Birch Panel
Wired and read to hang unframed
One of my favorite spots to visit in North Central Florida is Kanapaha Gardens. It is located on state road 24, just a few blocks west of I-75 in Gainesville. It is a adjacent to Kanapaha Prairie which offers a lovely vista, especially in the winter with lush wheat rust and mauve shades in the grasses. The garden has paths which wind through many varieties of plants. It has a huge bamboo garden in the middle, which is my favorite secret garden. I paint there frequently with Studio Dog. He loves to chew on the old pieces of bamboo canes which have fallen in the groves.
Color Fields #37
acrylic on Masonite Panel
There are water dishes placed around the garden paths for dogs and it's a real bonus to be able to take your dog with you.
There is a large water garden feature with exotic water plants, a cactus garden, and herb garden. The palm arboretum is especially nice. It features many palms, including several grand specimens of the Washingtonians with their long graceful petticoats.
At the entrance of the gardens you will find a large modern building called the Summer House with a gift shop and meeting rooms. Many events are held at the garden, including memorials, weddings and parties of all kinds. The garden has a very nice gift shop and has wheelchairs available for guests.
I have an annual pass, but you can pay a daily fee to enter.
This is the perfect place for quiet contemplation, outside of our busy world.
Here is the web site with information about the entrance fees and hours of operation.