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Gainesville, Florida's Kanapaha Botanical Gardens gets its name from the Timucua Indian words for "house" and "palmetto." From the modest inspiration of the thatched houses that lined the lake of the same name grew 62 acres housing 14 major plant collections. Though touted as most beautiful from June through September, October brings Kanapaha's annual Open House and Fall Plant Sale. Admission to the garden is free and more than 40 booths offer a wide selection of plants for sale on October 18th (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and 19th (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, go to: http://www.kanapaha.org.
Paw Paw Information Site
There's nothing like a lost cultural reference to spark conversation, as I learned recently. Writing about the paw paw trees, I used the phrase "put 'em in your pocket," but no one seems to know what that means anymore. This PawPaw.TV Web site will tell you more important things about paw paws. The creamy fruit of paw paw trees is delicious and finally ready to eat in September. Get some if you can, or plant a tree on the southern coasts.