Naples Botanical Garden

The Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world-class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through display, education, conservation and science. It represents a community gathering place and an exceptional venue for exploring our natural world as well as enjoying special events, traveling exhibitions and performances. The botanical garden reopened its gardens at 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, Florida, USA in 2009. In November 2010, it expanded its 170-acre footprint to include three new cultivated gardens - The Marcia and L. Bates Lea Asian Garden, Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden and Water Garden, adding to three existing lush gardens: the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children's Garden, Brazilian Garden and the Kapnick Caribbean Garden.

The Gardens

In addition to six cultivated gardens, Naples Botanical Garden models the natural world of the Everglades' ecosystem, such as the Mary and Stephen B. Smith River of Grass, a beautiful representation of a filter marsh that dramatically improves water quality by slowing down run-off and absorbing contaminants as well as wetlands preserves. The Vicky and David B. Smith Florida Uplands Preserve offers a unique sanctuary, providing vital habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including a large population of gopher tortoises. The Collier Enterprise South Wetlands Preserve offers a rare glimpse into a disappearing Florida habitat - unspoiled marshes, twisted mangroves and an abundance of wildlife.

Therapeutic Horticulture

The Garden is also developing a therapeutic horticulture (TH) program (also known as horticulture therapy) focused on The Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden. TH is a widely recognized treatment modality for individuals with special needs. It uses plant and garden-based activities to improve people's physical and mental health. Our programs to date have focused on serving people with visual challenges and children with autism. All of one's senses come alive in this garden. It demonstrates many strategies that allow us to garden even if one has physical challenges.

Garden History

In 1993, a group of eight Naples residents founded the Garden with nothing more than the dream of creating a world-class botanical garden. In 2000, a gift from the Kapnick Family enabled the purchase of an extraordinary 170-acre site with seven different habitats just south of Old Naples. An existing strip mall and parking lot were transformed into a garden experience to introduce the community to what was to come. In June 2008, the Garden closed to general visitors to begin our ultimate transformation into our existing "Gardens with Latitude" which includes six cultivated gardens, 2.5 miles of walking trails, and 90-acres of restored native preserve.

New Sustainable Garden Buildings

The Garden Board is committed to conserving the Earth’s natural resources. To this end, they have adopted best practices in sustainable design in developing the gardens and facilities. The Board’s commitment is exemplified in the hiring of Lake/Flato Architects from San Antonio, Texas, national leaders in sustainable design.

The Visitor Center that Lake/Flato has designed for Naples Botanical Garden incorporates two important principles – visitor engagement and green building practices. It will include the highest level of sustainable innovation in construction materials and techniques. These innovations include rainwater collection tanks that allow us to store 18,000 gallons of rainwater for irrigation; orienting the buildings to maximize the impact of shade and cooling breezes and using recycled wood and other sustainable products extensively throughout.

The entire complex has been designed to be functional as well as aesthetically engaging and will include a large auditorium that can be used for art shows, lectures and seasonal displays; a gourmet café with delicious, healthy food featuring local produce and seafood; a volunteer services area; and an enhanced ticketing and retail center. These facilities will enhance the visitor experience, provide critical sources of income and expand our ability to attract nationally recognized speakers, symposia and conferences to the Garden.

Most importantly, the future Visitor Center will welcome each and every member, visitor and volunteer to the Garden and hopefully inspire them to become better stewards of our environment.

Admission Pricing & Hours

Admission is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children ages 4-14. Members and children 3 and under are free. The Garden is open 9am-5pm Oct – June; 8am-3pm July 1-Sept 16 and closed last two weeks in September for maintenance.

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