The opening of the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center in October 2014 represented the final phase in the Garden’s first master plan. Designed to and awarded LEED Gold standard, this $16 million project tied together the first two phases opened in 2009 and 2010 to create an integrated visitor experience with exceptional amenities. The response from our guests has been outstanding; TripAdvisor ranks Naples Botanical Garden as the #1 attraction in Naples with over 95% of visitors rating their experience very good or excellent. Charity Navigator reported that we were the 7th fastest growing not for profit in the United States in 2013 and they have also awarded the Garden 4 stars, the highest possible for financial management.
Few people are aware that Florida Gulf Coast University actually has a campus, The Kapnick Research and Education Center, right in the heart of Naples Botanical Garden. This high tech facility opened in January 2010 and currently is home to three FGCU professors and a host of researchers working on projects as diverse as green roofs and Everglades restoration.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation serving our community is why we exist. Naples Botanical Garden is a treasure-trove of flora (and occasional fauna!) in the heart of Naples, enriching our community not only with natural resources, but with largescale exhibitions, concerts, flower shows, holiday celebrations and family friendly events. Significant fundraising opportunities such as Hats in the Garden, the kick off to Naples’ social season, help fund education and horticulture programs throughout the year.