We stumbled across some pictures of the Naples Botanical Garden and thought why have we never visited. You see, I have been visiting Naples, Florida for 10+ years and have never had the pleasure of visiting the Naples Botanical Garden.
Location of Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Botanical Garden is located at the corner of Bayshore Drive and Thomasson Drive, just 10 minutes from downtown Naples, Florida.
Hours and Entrance Fee
Regular Garden hours of operation of 9 am – 5 pm daily, 8 am to 5 pm on Tuesdays.
$9.95 Child ages 4 – 14
Children 3 and under are FREE
Members are FREE
These gardens are lush, tropical, and colourful. We arrived when the doors opened at 9am- it was actually one of the hottest days that week (this if February) so we definitely got the tropical-heat experience. If you are going in the summer you might want to visit in the early morning when it is cooler.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking.
The Garden was founded in 1993 by a visionary group of local plant enthusiasts.
The space is divided into multiple specialty gardens. There is a children’s garden, Brazilian garden, Caribbean garden, and Asian garden, just to name a few. There is also a space devoted entirely to butterflies and the plants that sustain them.
There are employees stationed in different areas who are excited to share interesting facts with the visitors.
We walked around the gardens taking in all the beauty.
In 2000, the late Harvey Kapnick, Jr. donated $5 million for the purchase of 170 acres of open space 3 miles from downtown Naples.
In 2006, the team of Ellin Goetz, Ted Flato, Raymond Jungles, Herb Schaal, Bob Truskowski and Made Wijaya, dubbed the “Dream Team” by the Miami Herald, completed the master plan for Naples Botanical Garden. Read a brief history of the Garden.
There is so much to see. It is recommended to plan to be at the Garden for at least 3 hours if you want to see everything.
There are daily tours at 11am from November – April and beginning in February, a second tour is also offered at 2 pm. Arrive early as these free tours fill up fast.
The Garden welcomes over 220,000 visitors per year to experience themed gardens that represent the culture and flora of the tropics.
There are several themed gardens to view.
This season, the Garden welcomes Origami in the Garden, on view daily from December 3, 2016 through April 23, 2017.
These monumental sculptures created by artist Kevin Box tell the story of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. The exhibition includes large-scale installations, gallery works, Box’s own compositions as well as collaborative works with his wife Jennifer and world-renowned origami artists Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, and Micheal G. LaFosse.
The Marcia and L. Bates Lea Asian Garden reflects the rich cultural, spiritual, and botanical diversity of Southeast Asia. The garden features a Javanese temple ruin and ancient plaza in a landscape filled with banyan trees, bamboo, and groves of tropical Asian edibles including lychee, jackfruit and starfruit. The central part of the garden is dominated by water, with a Thai pavilion set in a lotus pool and a stepping stone path through a water garden leading to the Balinese shrine, a tribute to the goddess of rice and fertility.
The Kapnick Caribbean Garden tells the natural and cultural history of the Caribbean islands through the lens of its landscapes. The garden includes the lush plants of mountainous tropical forests and dry rocky island scrub of cacti and palms and reflects on the people who shaped these island ecosystems.
The Kapnick Caribbean Garden features a spectacular collection of towering palms, tropical fruits and vegetables, and many of the plumeria species from which the colorful and fragrant cultivars were hybridized. These plumeria, or frangipani, are a part of the Garden’s National Plumeria Collection, which includes over 500 cultivars, varieties, and species. The garden captures the history of the islands told through plants, ranging from the Pre-Columbian era through an explorers Garden with Post-European flora. Play steel drums in the Chattel House, try your hand at bocce ball on the lawn or relax in the garden’s hammocks.
The Caribbean Garden was my favourite – can you tell. It truly felt like I was in the Caribbean.
The Water Garden is located in the heart of the Garden, atop of the Mary and Stephen Byron Smith Family River of Grass. A landscape reminiscent of Claude Monet’s water lily pool, the garden showcases colorful blooms from around the world, varying throughout the season.
The Kathleen and Scott Kapnick Brazilian Garden is bold and distinctively Brazilian giving tribute to the land and people of great diversity and color. The Garden celebrates the country’s rich biological assortment and the visionary landscape designs of Brazilian native Roberto Burle Marx.
We walked through the Children’s garden to try to get a glimpse of the colourful butterflies. Who knew it was so difficult to take a picture of a butterfly.
There are so many Gardens to enjoy. With six separate gardens and 90 acres of restored native preserve, it is easy to lose oneself on these grounds. We wandered the grounds for 3 hours and could of easily wandered some more.
I would highly recommend a visit to the Naples Botanical Garden on your next visit to Naples – it’s a hidden gem.
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