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Don't miss your opportunity to Visit Florida's Tropical Rainforest.

Gene Joyner

Unbelievable Acres Botanic Gardens located in West Palm Beach, Florida was designed and created by Gene Joyner.


As a young man Gene studied the Rainforests of South America and developed a desire to create his own rainforest.  He started collecting seeds and plants, keeping them in pots until the time came he could plant them .


After graduating from college in 1970, Gene purchased 2-1/2 acres  of pasture land  in West Palm Beach  from his father and began designing and slowly developing his rainforest.  He used fast-growing trees to create a wind barrier around the property to protect the cold-sensitive plants.  No plant was over 6 feet tall when planted. Over the years Gene made many trips to the rainforests to bring back seeds and plants to be added to the garden. (He had all the proper permits allowing him to import these items,) Contacts he made through  nurserymen and the Palm Beach Extension Service where he worked as an agent gave him sources to obtain many different species of tropical plants.


Unbelievable Acres Botanic Garden has a large collection of tropical foliage and flowering plants that are usually considered greenhouse plants because of their cold tenderness.  In the rainforest setting that Gene Joyner has developed over the years these plants can be grown outside like you would see them in the actual rainforest.


The tropical fruit section contains over 160 varieties of tropical fruits including 17 different Carambolas (Starfruit). He has many varieties of banana including Praying Hands, Saba, Monkeyfingers and Mysore Bananas. Some of the other tropical fruits found in the garden include Mamey Sapote, Canistel, Loquat, Lychee, Longan, Jaboticaba and Jak Fruit.

Unbelievable Acres Botanic Gardens is a non-profit 501-C3 Corporation.

Admissions, plant sales and other events  provide only 25% of the costs of running the garden. In order to keep operating, This Garden must rely on donations (which are 100% Tax Deductible).

Donations may be sent to the following address -Unbelievable Acres Botanic Garden, 470 63rd Trail North, West Palm Beach, Florida 33413.  You will get a letter acknowledging your gift within 3 weeks after it is received.

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