Nature & Heritage Programs

Native Plant Sale

Take advantage of a wide offering of native north Florida plants during the annual Spring Native Plant Sale. Native plants are adapted to drought and the heat, which helps reduce water consumption from irrigation, require less upkeep and help save money. Please note, this year's event has been canceled.

The Native Plant Sale features beautiful native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines grown at area nurseries. Vendors are members of the Florida Native Plant Society, and certify that plants are nursery propagated and grown.

Two hours of power-shopping at an exclusive members' only sale is Friday, April 17, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP), and the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS). It’s easy to join in person or online, and memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted.

The sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) To join the Friends of Nature Parks, please visit To join the Florida Native Plant Society, please visit their website at
For event information please call 352-393-8240.

Old Florida Seed and Story Swap

Join us at Morningside Nature Center’s Living History Farm for the Old Florida Seed and Story Swap Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., presented by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in partnership in partnership with Working Food (

Help us preserve our precious agricultural heritage, and diversify your own garden by bringing your seeds to swap with others in our gardening community.

Please, no live plants, seeds older than five years or seeds from invasive exotics. No seeds to swap? Come on down anyway and meet fellow gardeners, while enjoying Morningside’s historic farm

Take a walk on the wildflower side!

Participants will enjoy the spectacular fall wildflower bloom in the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center during a guided walk. The Jean Dorney Memorial Wildflower Walks are free and take place every Saturday in October and run from 9-10:30 a.m. They start at the education building at Morningside Nature Center. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring water and field guides you would like to use. These walks are courtesy of a grant from the Friends of Nature Parks in honor of charter member Jean Dorney. 

Jean, a Texas native, moved her family to Gainesville in 1972. She quickly became involved with the Alachua Audubon Society and was a founding member of Friends of Nature Parks. Through the years, Jean was an active advocate of adult education programs at the nature parks and participated in many wildflower walks and natural history classes. For more information about attending the walks and exploring the natural parks as Jean loved to do, please visit Friends of Nature Parks (FoNP) page or call 352-393-8240