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Naples Lifestyles: Our Fantastic Botanical Garden

Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Naples Botanical Garden ( adds to the Naples lifestyle by providing one of the premiere botanical garden experiences in the country. Since the garden was developed only in the past few years by a group of private local residents and leaders, the design could incorporate many new ideas and practices unlike existing older gardens.

For example the entire garden is organized into themes – themes unique to the area and the Caribbean. You will not find yourself walking from latin name to latin name (although the tags are there if you like them) but rather you will be treated to an experience loyal to the featured area – like the Caribbean Garden, or the Brazilian garden or local features in the Florida Garden.

Participating takes many forms and they are all up to you. You can just walk around and relax, read, attend events (how about jazz music in a wonderful garden on a Florida evening in the dead of winter), work and volunteer, learn by attending lectures and tours, take your kids and grand kids to the Children’s Garden and many more ideas. This place offers many ways to enjoy our local paradise.

The garden is a local leader in the pursuit of sustaining green practices. From the website you will learn the garden “incorporated high performance and sustainable green building practices into the design of our new landscape and facilities. This process started when the Board recognized the importance of the Garden becoming the model of environmentally responsible building practices in the region.” Great work and some very interesting practices you can learn for your own yard or garden.
One of the premiere social functions of the year is the Hats in The Garden event coming up November 9, 2011. Call 239.643.7275 for more information. This is the eighth annual Hats in the Garden which will feature fashionable guests with some of the greatest hats in town worn by ladies enjoying an incredible presentation by special guest Remco van Vliet, creative designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NBC-2 Anchor, Kellie Burns hosts the afternoon, which also includes a delectable luncheon and a stunning jewelry display by Yvel. This one should not be missed and is a great way to start off the season.

Naples. What a great place to live. So many ways to enjoy the area and live life. If you have a love of the outdoors, gardening, or just learning new things go to the garden and go often. It is one of our favorite places in this wonderful paradise called Naples.