Grandiflora is a 106-acre containerized plant nursery located in Gainesville, just off I-75 in North Central Florida. We share a border with the San Felasco Hammock State Wildlife Preserve.
Gainesville is best known as the home of the University of Florida and the Fighting Gators. UF is the area's biggest employer and has close to 50,000 students enrolled.
Pictured are Albert and Alberta the Alligators - UF Mascot Statues near Emerson Alumni Hall.
We're lucky to have excellent football, soccer, golf, tennis and basketball programs here, but we are even more fortunate to have one of the best Environmental Horticultural departments in the country. This is entirely fitting since Florida is one of the leading producers of plants in the world, and is certainly the largest producer of tropical foliage plants.
Photo shows Dr. Yeager with new Coleus varieties in the Fifield Hall Greenhouses.
The climate and topography of North Florida are reminiscent of South Georgia, with temperatures falling into the high teens during the winter and long hot muggy days during the summer. The rolling hills around Gainesville are either heavily forested or grassy with scenic hay fields and grazing horses or cattle. Blessed with abundant rainfall, the area is dotted with lakes, springs and rivers. Massive spreading live oaks and tall pines dripping with Spanish moss make up our tree canopy. With these excellent growing conditions, we can raise many plants that are considered subtropical with just a little cold protection and others that are thought of as more northern by using shade structures.
At Grandiflora, our specialty is diversity. Currently we have over 2000 species and cultivars of plants in production. We also locate and ship harder to find plant materials including tropicals and hardy palms. All of these plants are described in our on-line catalogue that you can visit by clicking on Products.
We count among our loyal customers Leu Gardens, Disney World, the University of Florida, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, the Cummer Museum of Art, Riverbanks Zoological Park, Mobile Botanical Gardens, Sea World, Callaway Gardens, Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry, Marie Selby Gardens, Bok Tower, Brookgreen Gardens, as well as hundreds of garden centers and landscapers across the southeast.