Get to know Us


The St. Johns Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve (SJBGNP) is all about conservation of rare and endangered species of plants from around the world, as well as natural resources and native plants and animals. We will highlight different species on our website on a regular basis.

The SJBGNP is more than just a pretty place to visit! Educational opportunities abound here. Once we open, and perhaps even a little before then, guided tours and programs will be available by contacting us several weeks in advance.

  • ONE THIRD of the world’s vascular plant species face extinction due to a variety of human activities such as agricultural and forestry practices, urbanization, pollution, climate change, and more!
  • WITH MISSIONS DEVOTED TO public education, study, research, and conservation, botanical gardens, and arboreta play an important role in saving the world’s plant species and making them known to the public.
  • FLORIDIANS USE 2/3RDS OF THE WATER THEY CONSUME TO MAINTAIN THEIR LAWNS! This is not a sustainable use of this precious resource, and here at the SJBGNP, we maintain and research low water use plants in addition to potentially cold hardy tropical species that may survive here in North Florida.

At SJBGNP we offer day passes to enjoy the spectacular beauty for a day at a time. Want to join in the fun for a few days a year but don’t want a membership? Day-to-Day Admission may be just for you! Check out our admission fees here.

Hours of Operation

Thursday - Monday | 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday | By appointment only

Happenings in the garden


Dr. John Rossi

Founder and Resident Biologist

The St. Johns Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve doesn’t just have plants!  The wildlife here is phenomenal. Because of the unique natural habitat in the preserve, combined with the tropical and desert plants in the garden, the SJBGNP abounds with flora AND fauna.


Saying Goodbye

Tribute to Don Muttillo

The St. Johns Botanical Garden says goodbye to one of its founders. Don Muttillo was one of the great early contributors to the garden. He saw the possibilities for the beautiful land and massive palm collection very early and worked hard with Dr. Rossi to help make it happen. He became a board member early on and the first treasurer. His skill as an engineer and machinist helped in the building of the main sign and the palmvilion. He was also instrumental in scouting out the land to help find space for the new entrance drive and parking area. But things change and people move on. Don is starting his own company and we wish him well in his new endeavor. But he will always be remembered as a very important early contributor to the St. Johns Botanical Garden and nature preserve.

Please note: Due to potentially ingesting toxic plants at the garden, only leashed dogs are permitted with a signed waiver. Forms are available in the Welcome Center.