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Fall in the garden

Though Jacksonville may not go through the normal seasonal changes as some of the more northern cities, the feeling of autumn is still in the air. 

Lake Ray by Lisa Schultz

The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is celebrating it first anniversary on November 14th. They are planning some exciting activities for this upcoming momentous occasion.

Visit the Gardens on this day and meet Maynard H. Cox and learn everything you ever wanted to know about snakes from the mythological aspects to how to identify them, as well as the practical do’s and don’ts of snakes and their territory.

While there don’t miss out on the bee-keeping program, story-tellers, food vendors, kid’s activities, and music from the locals. Take an easy hike through the woods around the pond or go on an adventure through the back trails and cross several small streams by bridges and walkways.

For those of you who are into bird watching with the cooler weather in December the Gardens will offer guided walks in the woods at night looking for owls and other night creatures.

The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is a 120 acres natural preserve that has an incredible variety of North Florida’s flowers and vegetation. The park is open 7 days a week from 8 am – 5 pm and is free to the public. The garden is located off

Monument Road
near the 9A overpass.