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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 does construction begin?

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

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.

Who is designing the Gardens?

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

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 will be open every day until June 2, 2014, and will reopen to the public in Fall 2014.

Will construction affect parking?

Parking should only be minimally affected. Any changes will be outlined for the public as they occur.

Will the Garden remain completely accessible?

Absolutely. We will still be entirely accessible. Please contact 239.643.7275 or 239.325.1350 for more information.

Will the entrance be moved during construction?

The current entrance to Naples Botanical Garden will remain fully operational. An announcement will be made and the entrance clearly marked if a different arrangement becomes necessary.

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

The current Visitor Center will perform to its full capacity until June 2, 2014.

Will you post images of the ongoing progress?

We will post images online as they are available, on this page, and linked elsewhere. Return to this page frequently for updates!

When is the estimated end of construction?

Fall 2014.

What will the new Visitor Center look like?



What will happen to the Garden Cart Café until the new restaurant is opened? Where will it be?

The Garden Cart Café will be relocated, and is in operation until April 2014.

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

Fogg Café will be operated by D'Amico & Partners! More details soon.

Will construction affect Night Lights (December 18-23, 26-30, 2013, and January 2-5, 2014) or Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks (February 14, 2014- May 11, 2014)?

Not at all! Both events have been strategically designed around construction and will not be affected.

If you have any questions or concerns not answered here, contact us at 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 23, 2014: Ribbon Cutting and Opening Celebration

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





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

Timelapse of a few days of construction for the new Visitor Center:

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