Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens
120 acre urban woodland
Leaders: Arboretum Volunteer
Start Time at Site: 10:00 AM
End Time at Site: 12:00 PM
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Cost: $7 + $3 suggested donation onsite
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens (JAG) is a 120-acre property previously used to mine minerals for the production of titanium. The City of Jacksonville purchased the property in the 1970's and left it alone for over 30 years. During this time through revegetation and succession, 13 separate ecosystems developed. In 2006, the City leased the property to a newly formed conservation organization to develop a nature preserve with a mission that is “cultivating a unique environment for recreation, education and inspiration.” Work began immediately to transform the property into a peaceful oasis in an urban environment.
JAG has several miles of excellent, well-maintained nature trails through a variety of northeast Florida plant communities. The xeric hammock has a high diversity of ericaceous shrubs. The Arboretum is the only place in town where you can see locally rare scrub plants like Florida Rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides)! Pond spice (Litsea aestivalis), which is listed as endangered by the State of Florida, can be found on the banks of the depression marsh at JAG.
Pond Spice by Suzanne Cadwell CC BY-NC 4.0