Lifelong Learning classes & workshops include admission to the Garden on that day. Lectures at the $5 Members / $10 Non-Members price point do not include Garden admission.

Exploring the Birds of the Garden: A Guided Walking Tour

Instructor: Bill Overton

Class Description: Do the birds catch your eye just as much as the plants at Naples Botanical Garden? Expert birder Bill Overton will lead you on a 2.5 hour informal birding “walk and talk”. Don’t forget your binoculars and bird field guide. Classes are held monthly from November through April. Register for as many classes as desired there is always something new to see!

Date/Time: April 18 / 7:30 - 10 am

Location: From Berger Entry Pavilion to the White Birding Tower

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members per class

Growing Plumeria in SWFL

Instructor: Hetty Ford, Curator of Plumeria Collections at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Most of us know the beautiful fragrance of plumeria flowers, but did you know Naples Botanical Garden houses the National Plumeria Collection? Learn everything about growing plumeria in southwest Florida in this lecture by Hetty Ford the Garden's resident plumeria expert. Hetty will teach you how to best care for your existing plumeria and share secrets of propagation to add to your collection.

Date/Time: April 22, from 12 - 1 pm

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

The Secrets of Papaya - Cancelled

Please call 239.325.1366 for more information

Plumeria Craft: Hawaiian Leis

Instructor: Hetty Ford, Curator of Plumeria Collections at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Have you ever had the desire to create a Hawaiian lei from fragrant plumeria flowers? Here's your chance! Our resident plumeria expert, Hetty Ford, will teach you step-by-step how to transform heaps of plumeria flowers into a beautiful lei of your own design. Hetty will also share the cultural significance of plumeria flowers in Hawaii through stunning photos.

Date/Time: April 29, 2015 from 10 am - 12 pm

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members

Mango 101

Instructor: Juan Rivera, Garden to Table Coordinator at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Regarded as the “king of all tropical fruits,” the mango is recognized as the most consumed fruit in the world contrary to popular belief. Come learn about the wonders of the mango and the multitude of ways you can incorporate it into your daily life. Students will learn about the plant’s history and how to cultivate the crop presented in a lecture style and then students will tour the garden to view particular specimens. The class will end with discovering new ways to consume the ripe and unripe fruits.

Date / Time: May 7, 10 am-12 pm

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members

Biology of Roots

Instructor: Dr George Wilder, Botanist and Herbarium Curator at Naples Botanical Garden

Class description: Roots are fascinating entities required for the survival of most plant species. Dr. Wilder will discuss the taxonomic distribution, anatomical structure, mode of growth, method of water uptake, and the tropisms (responses to gravity) of roots. He will also consider root dimorphisms and certain specialized kinds of roots, including feeding roots, climbing roots, thorn roots, contractile roots, storage roots, mycorrhizal roots, and pneumatophores. He will illustrate his presentation with numerous photographs and diagrams.

Date / Time: May 15, 10 - 11 am

Cost: $5 Members / $10 Non-Members

Kokedama-Japanese Moss Balls

Instructor: Andrea Grace, Adult Education Manager at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Kokedama is a traditional Japanese art form using moss as a container for planting. Bring your gloves and don’t be afraid to get your hands a bit dirty! In this workshop we will be creating Kokedama—Japanese hanging moss balls—for attendees to take home and enjoy!

Date / Time: May 19, 10 - 11:30 am

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members

Planting for Wildlife

Instructor: Brian Galligan, Director of Horticulture at Naples Botanical Garden

Class description: Come and join the Director of Horticulture, Brian Galligan, in a lecture to promote wildlife in your yard. Brian will discuss what to plant and how to plant to draw in wildlife and make it an enticing environment.

Date / Time: May 27, 10 am - 12 pm

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members


To register for any of these classes, please call 239.325.1366 or email . You may also fill out the registration form below and mail it in or hand deliver to

Naples Botanical Garden
Attn: Lifelong Learning
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples FL, 34112.

Please note that certain classes fill up quickly and we will accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.

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Admission to Lifelong Learning classes and workshops include admission to Naples Botanical Garden on that particular day.

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