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FAQs (Subject to Change)

Why is this new construction happening?

The Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center and adjacent gardens have been designed to enhance the visitor experience with more amenities including great food, shopping, cool shady seating, lots of restrooms and a multipurpose indoor space where we can host travelling exhibits, art shows and lectures.

When did construction begin?

Fences for construction went up in Septermber 2013. Plants in the construction zone have been temporarily removed to a nursery.

The Garden is currently closed (as of June 2, 2014) to complete the final stages of construction. Our tentative re-opening date is October 23, 2014 with special member previews from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19.

Who is the architect of this project?

The architecture firm is Lake/Flato of San Antonio, TX. They are well known as leaders in sustainable design and creating site-sensitive structures. Lake/Flato was selected as Architecture Firm of the Year in 2004 by the American Institute of Architects. Click here to read our latest press release detailing this partnership.

Who is designing the Gardens?

Raymond Jungles of Miami is designing the new gardens. Jungles also designed the Brazilian Garden.

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What construction company are you using?

Manhattan Construction is providing construction services for this project. Manhattan (formerly Kraft Construction) has overseen all phases of the Garden's expansion.

Will Naples Botanical Garden remain open?

Naples Botanical Garden closed to the public June 2, 2014. A tentative public Grand Opening is scheduled for Thursday, October 23, 2014.

I am/we are members. How will the closure affect my/our membership?

In recognition of the admission time our members will lose due to the closure, we will:

  • Provide Garden members with two complimentary general admission passes (one pass for individual level members) when the Garden reopens in October (a $30 value), enabling you to share enjoyment of the Garden with others.
  • Extend a one-year deferment of an anticipated increase in membership dues. Effective with the grand opening (October 23, 2014), membership dues will increase. An individual level membership will increase from $70 to $80, a family level membership will increase from $95 to $110.
  • Offer summer program opportunities such as tours, classes, and workshops detailed here. (Space is limited)
  • Additionally, all active members will be invited to the Member Preview (October 18 and 19) of the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center before it is unveiled to the public. We thank you for your understanding and support – which is especially important during this time – and look forward to celebrating the grand opening with you!

Will construction affect parking?

Due to the Garden's closure to complete construction, the main parking lot is now closed. Garden visitors are asked to enter through the main gate, to park in the Kapnick parking lot, and exit following the temporary 'Garden Exit' signs to Thomasson Drive.

Will the Garden remain completely accessible?

When the Garden reopens we will continue to be ADA accessible. Please contact 239.643.7275 for more information.

I would like to purchase an item from the Garden Store. Where do I go?

The Visitor Center is closed, along with the Garden as we complete construction on a bigger, better one! The Visitor Center has a tentative opening date of October 23, 2014.

Will you post images of the ongoing progress?

We will post aerial images and timelapse video on this page as they are available, as well as through our various social media outlets.

When is the estimated end of construction?

Fall 2014, with our public Grand Opening tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 23.

What will the new Visitor Center look like?

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Will the new restaurant be operated by the Garden or an outside company?

Fogg Café will be operated by Lurçat Catering! More details on this page.

Here is a current photo of the ongoing construction of Fogg Café:

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Inside Kapnick Hall:

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Chabraja Visitor Center retail space and site of new gardens:

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If you have any questions or concerns not answered here, contact us at info@naplesgarden.org or 239.643.7275.

Construction Timeline (subject to change)

June 25, 2013: Ground breaking ceremony!

Fall 2013: Construction fence installed and mobilization begins

June 2, 2014: Naples Botanical Garden is closed to visitors

September 2014: Construction complete

October 18 and October 19, 2014: Member previews, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

October 23, 2014: Ribbon Cutting and Opening Celebration

An aerial view of the progress as of August, 2014:

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See the building of the Chabraja Visitor Center in action!


Thank you to Paradise Coast TV for this video of the Ground Breaking for the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center:

Moving the very large Fairchild Fig from one end of the Water Garden to the other, June 3, 2014!

Moving the Leopard Tree (Caesalpinia ferrera var. leiostachya) to the Performance Lawn to make way for construction fencing, in 23 seconds!