Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225 Map · Phone number
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About Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

What is an Arboretum?

An arboretum is a place where trees and other plants are grown and studied. The word “arboretum” comes from the Latin word “arbor,” meaning “tree.”

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre property with an interesting history. From about 1944 to 1961, the Humphries Gold Mining Company operated strip mines in this area of Jacksonville. Despite its name, Humphries did not mine for gold here but for minerals to make titanium. These mining activities severely impacted soils and vegetation in parts of the Jacksonville Arboretum, but these areas are recovering. In the early 1970s as a condition to an EPA Grant for building the Arlington East treatment facility, the City of Jacksonville purchased the property as a passive recreation and open space buffer around the treatment plant. For the next 30 years, however, the property went unused and was sometimes abused by illegal dumping.

In 2004, a group of citizens began discussions with the City to lease the property for recreational use as an arboretum. The lease was worked out, and the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens officially opened to the public in November 2008. At the time the Arboretum opened, there was a paved parking area, the Lake Loop, Jones Creek and Ravine trails. All of the trails, benches, board walks, and picnic tables in the Arboretum were built by volunteers from the community.

Our Organization MISSION STATEMENT

Cultivating a unique environment for recreation, education and inspiration.

GOALS
    • Conservation: To provide stewardship of the Arboretum lands by protecting, sustaining, and enhancing biological diversity by means of large tracts of open-space. The Arboretum also provides leadership locally and beyond in conservation matters, such as the eradication of invasive species, water conservation, and the responsible use of chemicals.
    • Teaching: To provide an outdoor laboratory for use by college faculty and students in Botany, Zoology, Biology, Environmental Studies, and other departments. In both teaching and research the Arboretum is a unique and valuable academic resource and support facility.
    • Research: To support and conduct research in a broad range of subjects including ecology, field biology, conservation, and natural history. Arboretum research has and continues to emphasize useful long-term studies.
    • Collection: To maintain, develop, and interpret well-documented plant collections for teaching, research, and public education and enjoyment.
    • Public Education: To provide programs and publications about conservation, horticulture, gardening, botany, and natural history which work to enhance public understanding of the natural world and foster an appreciation of the Arboretum’s mission.
    • Recreation: To provide a place where people from the community may enjoy passive recreation and where they may come to learn, reflect, and renew themselves through contact with the natural world. By all the elements of the Arboretum’s mission, the Arboretum enhances the quality of life both for northeast Florida and the residents of the community.

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Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 975.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 975.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 975.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 975.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Parking
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    100
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    6
  • Describe your venue:
    Park
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception

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2 Endorsements

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    Wedding Solutions Wedding Officiants

    The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens provides a beautiful outdoor setting for weddings, especially for those looking for an environment that is natural, and not the beach! The staff are most helpful with guests who may need assistance reaching the venue location, and the setting of the most commonly used location is absolutely beautiful. The backdrop is a lovely pond, offering a quiet and serene atmosphere. For couples seeking to have a wedding, or a possible location to pop the question, may I strongly recommend you take the time to visit the park (it's free!), and see for yourselves.

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    Wedding Solutions Wedding Officiants

    The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a beautiful, yet simple, venue for smaller weddings. The backdrop for the ceremony is a beautiful pond that presents a most calming and tranquil setting. The staff are very accommodating for the bridal party and guests who require assistance accessing the venue locale. I highly recommend this venue for consideration - it is a most charming and natural setting, especially for those who are looking for a quiet, peaceful, and natural setting outdoors.

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  • 1445 Millcoe Road Jacksonville, 32225 See on map
    9043474392 (Phone number)
    Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm.

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