• Aug. 2 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Young Botanical Garden Takes Home Collection of Accolades in 2011 Award Season

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Naples Botanical Garden Receives Awards in Several Categories Including Design, Tourism and Leadership

 NAPLES, FL - August 2, 2011 - Despite its relatively young age, Naples Botanical Garden swept the awards categories this year among different industries, taking home honors from the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Gulfshore Life. Not yet open for a full two years as the expanded 170-acre property, the achievements are an exciting acknowledgement of the Garden’s dedication and hard work to create not just a beautiful place for visitors and plant-lovers, but a world-class destination for education and culture.

“These awards are a testament to the amount of thought and creativity that has gone into the Garden,” said Brian Holley, executive director of Naples Botanical Garden. “From the brilliance of the landscape architects who helped conceive the initial plans for the cultivated gardens, to the board leadership and staff expertise that leads the Garden’s programming and educational efforts, it is a wonderful honor to see it all recognized by our respective industries and community.”

In 2011 the Garden accepted the following accolades:

The Florida Chapter of the ASLA: 2011 Award of Excellence:
Presented to Goetz+ Stropes Landscape Architects, Inc., for “Making Connections: People+Land+Water” connected to the Rain Garden, Bioswales, River of Grass and Water Garden.

The Florida Chapter of the ASLA: 2011 Award of Honor:
Presented to Raymond Jungles, Inc. for the inspired use of landscape architectural practices in the Brazilian Garden.

Gulfshore Life’s “Best of the Gulfshore” – Presented to the Garden for:
Reader’s Choice for “Best Place to Take a Visitor”
Editor’s Choice for “Best Place to Spot a Butterfly”

In addition, the Garden’s Executive Director, Brian Holley, was presented with the APGA’s Award of Merit this year at the national conference, for his career of excellence and ongoing contributions to the field of horticulture and public gardens. With more than 30 years of experience, beginning at Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario, Canada, all the way to his current role at Naples Botanical Garden, Holley has demonstrated a clear passion and vision of excellence which he has brought to each position throughout his career.

The Garden celebrates all these tremendous awards as preparations are underway for a new year of programming and achievements in the 2011-2012 season.

For more information visit Naples Botanical Garden online www.naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day.

 

  • Jun. 16 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Red, White And Bloom Concert At The Garden Features Three Great Performers

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The Gladezmen, The Wholetones and Marc Dobson's One Man Band Come to the Garden for July 2nd Music Bash

 NAPLES, FL – June 16, 2011– What better way to kick-off your Fourth of July holiday weekend than with a three band concert? This year, Naples Botanical Garden hosts a Red, White and Bloom Music Bash on Saturday, July 2, 2011 from 7:00-10:00 p.m., featuring the music of The Gladezmen, The Wholetones and Marc Dobson’s One Man Band.

Each performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to each band’s unique beats. The Gladezmen’s kick butt “psychobilly” tunes have made them well-known favorites in Southwest Florida. Meanwhile, The Wholetones have captured a strong fan-base in the area with their not quite folk, kind of Indie, mellow blue-grass vibe. Then there is America’s Got Talent 2011 contestant Marc Dobson and his One Man Band who plays nine, count them, nine instruments!

WHAT: Red, White & Bloom Music Bash

WHEN: Saturday, July 2, 2011 6:30 p.m. – Garden gates open to the public

7:00-8:00 p.m. – Marc Dobson’s One Man Band

8:00-9:00 p.m. – The Wholetones

9:00-10:00 p.m. – The Gladezmen

WHERE: Naples Botanical Garden – 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112 ADMISSION: Adults - $15 Non-Member/ $7 Garden Member Children - $10 Non-Member / $5 Garden Member Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for seating. No outside food or beverage is permitted within the Garden. For more information visit Naples Botanical Garden online www.naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day. Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

  • Jun. 13 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Local Elementary School Wins Award For Community Garden Project

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Naples Botanical Garden's Partnership with Avalon Elementary Earns School Bragging Rights

NAPLES, FL - June 13, 2011 - Led by experts and leaders from Naples Botanical Garden and Avalon Elementary School, supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, and designed for students’ education and enjoyment, the Global Garden project at Avalon Elementary was awarded first place in the Multiple Class Garden category for this year’s University of Florida (UF) Environmental Horticulture Department’s School Garden Competition.

The USF Environmental Horticulture Department in cooperation with the Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs designed the School Garden Competition to encourage the use of school gardens in elementary schools throughout Florida. The award program also gives teachers the opportunity to gain recognition for their school gardens as well as win funds to help support them. Schools are judged in three categories: education relevance, level of involvement and garden quality. Avalon Elementary scored high in every category including teaching sustainable gardening, forming the Global Garden Club and using the harvested garden materials.

“The Global Garden is an extraordinary place that serves as not only a living and breathing classroom, but that holds the footprints of former students, mentors and supporters of its vision,” said Patricia Thorsen, a teacher at Avalon Elementary. “The garden has provided an education that is priceless to the students and families of this community. 

In the fall of 2002, Naples Botanical Garden partnered with Avalon Elementary, Windstar Audubon Committee, and the East Naples community on the beginning stages of the Global Garden. The purpose of the program was to improve student performance while also encouraging family and community involvement, which over the last nine years it has accomplished and expanded upon.

“This award is an honor for all the past and present students who have contributed to the Global Garden,” said Chad Washburn, director of education and conservation at Naples Botanical Garden.  “For these local students to receive an award at the State level shows that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.”

Students celebrated the award with an ice-cream celebration on Friday, May 27, 2011, held at Avalon Elementary, which included screenings of the submitted video and a great deal of reminiscing with teachers, mentors and volunteers.

For more information visit Naples Botanical Garden online www.naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day.

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

  • May. 4 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Registration For Summer Camp At Naples Botanical Garden Now Open

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Art and Science Education Make Up the Garden's Three Week-long Summer Camp Programs, Now Open for Public Registration

NAPLES, FL - May 4, 2011 - What will your child learn this summer? If you choose to enroll your child in any of the one-week Summer Camp programs starting on June 20, 2011 at Naples Botanical Garden, you can guarantee they’ll be teaching you some new things by August. The Garden’s Summer Camp programs – Wild Florida Wanderers, Solar Explorers and Green Gardeners – are now open for public sign-ups for children ages 5-12 years old. 

Campers will spend the full day, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the Garden’s top educators exploring all the Garden has to offer and engaging in fun, educational activities which allow them to become the scientists, explorers, horticulturists and chefs.

Summer Camp Program Summaries:

Wild Florida Wanderers:  June 20 – 24 or July 11 – 15:  Get up close and personal with a butterfly, follow marsh rabbit tracks through the garden, investigate the walking mangrove tree, and discover all of the natural wonders that Florida has to offer.  This program focuses on art, exploration, and activities that connect your child with the beautiful natural world around us. 

Solar Explorers:  June 27 – July 1 or July 18 – 22:  Explorers will discover how the energy from the sun can be used to power almost anything, from a bicycle to a pump. Campers will plant seeds and learn how they convert the sun’s rays into materials that can be used to build everything from the food we eat to the fiber in our clothes.  Investigate the everyday things around us that rely on plants found growing in your own back yard. 

Green Gardeners:  July 5 – 8 or July 25 – 29:  Young chefs and gardeners will follow the journey of a plant from a small seed to a meal on their plate, all while having fun.  In this hands-on experience in art and science, campers will grow their own seeds, harvest a bounty of fruits and vegetables from the Gardens and create their own gourmet recipes.

Each week long camp program is $300 per non-member child and $250 for Garden Family Members, with the exception of the July 5-8 week which is $240 per non-member child and $200 for Garden Family Members. Interested parties can join as a Garden Family Member to take advantage of the discounted rates. View the complete Garden Summer Camp Guidelines or register today for one or all three of the programs by filling out and submitting the Registration Form.

For more information visit Naples Botanical Garden online www.naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day.

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

  • Apr. 12 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Learn And Enjoy The Art Of The Garden Party At Event Showcase

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Event Experts Display Their Best at Naples Botanical Garden for Event Showcase and Open Up for the Season's Final Jazz Concert in the Garden

NAPLES, FL - April 12, 2011 - Who doesn't like a party? Whether you like the food, decorations, or just the idea of a good old fashioned party, it’s not difficult to find something you can enjoy. On Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 11 a.m.-2 pm. visitors will have the chance to join in and learn about what it takes to have a great party at the first Garden Party Event Showcase at Naples Botanical Garden. Southwest Florida’s top event vendors will show you how it’s done with samplings, demonstrations and activities. The Event Showcase is then followed up by the season’s final Jazz in the Garden concert by Lew Delgatto-Dan Miller Quartet from 2-4 p.m.

No matter the type of event you may be considering – dinner party, Derby party, wedding or a retreat – you’ll find inspiration in the creative displays by the vendors who contribute to some of the best events in town. Learn some fun twists on food and drinks, pick up décor tips, think new event space or just generally embrace your inner party-animal.

 Schedule of Events:

11am-1pmDinner's by Design Food Tasting
11am-1pmLuminaire Foto Booth Fun
11am-1pm Event Decor 101: Tips & Tricks from Local Vendors 
11am-2pm Luau by Party Time Rentals and Carolina Catering
11:30am & 1:30pmGarden Event Location Tours
12-1pm   Treats Tasting by Be Happy Cakes
1pm Kids Cooking Demo by Cater Masters
2pm Lew Delgatto-Dan Miller Quartet Jazz Concert (Water Garden)

 Participating Showcase vendors include: Be Happy Cakes; Brides.com; Carolina Catering; Cater Masters Inc., Decanted Wine; Dinners by Design; Exclusive Destination Management; Grace Lakes Florist; Jamie Lee Photography; Loretta Bridal; Luminaire Foto; Nine29 Design Studios; No Worries Weddings & Events; Party Time Rentals; Pink Tangerine; Tastebuds Custom Catering and WedBiz Media.

Regular admission to the Garden is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children (ages 4-14). Kids under four and Garden Members are free. For more information visit Naples Botanical Garden online www.naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day.

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

  • Apr. 5 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Earth Day and Egg Hunts Make Up A Spring-Themed Weekend At the Garden

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Naples Botanical Garden Celebrates Spring with Back-to-Back Family Events April 22 & 23

NAPLES, FL - April 5, 2011 - Naples Botanical Garden embraces spring with two days of family-focused events April 22 -23, 2011. Activities begin on Friday, April 22 with an Earth Day Garden Celebration from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., sponsored by Bank of America, when each adult admission purchase earns an accompanying child free admission. Garden guests will enjoy the variety of guided tours and demonstrations while kids take advantage of their day off from school with activities and educational programs throughout the day.

The spring-themed events continue on Saturday, April 23 with a Garden Egg Hunt held in the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children’s Garden from 9:00-11:30 a.m. along with a special appearance by a familiar long-eared guest of honor. Egg hunts will take place at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. for children ages 12 and under (200 children maximum per egg hunt). General admission applies.

Every day at the Garden is an opportunity for people to learn about and engage with the natural environment around them,” said Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “Both of these events are wonderful examples of the valuable lessons and fun you can gain here at the Garden, in hopes that people will bring some of that excitement and appreciation for their natural surroundings home.”

Earth Day Celebration Schedule, Friday, April 22:

  • 9:30 a.m. - Survivor Man Tour – Pick up some interesting survival tips from Chad Washburn, the Garden’s Director of Conservation and Education, as he tours you through the Garden’s native areas to show you the various wild edible and useful plants.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Wildlife of the Garden Tour – The Garden is made up of so much more than plants and on this tour you’ll learn the birds, butterflies, tortoises, and other insect  that make their home here.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Fruit Trees of the Garden Tour – Learn about the various fruit trees that grow here in Southwest Florida and which ones you can grow in your own back yard from the Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Brian Galligan.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Story Time & Animal Tracks Hunt – Listen to a reading from Stella and Roy Go Camping and then go looking for animal tracks in the Smith Children’s Garden.
  • 11:00 a.m. - Idea Garden Tour – Think you don’t have room to start a garden? Looking for new ideas for garden space? Be inspired on this tour of the Naples Garden Club Idea Garden and learn tips on how you can bring nature, including edibles, into your own home.  
  • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Plant a Tree – ‘Kids’ of all ages will have the opportunity to plant a young tree to take home and continue the “greening” of our environment.
  • Butterfly Release – The first 50 visitors to the Smith Children’s Garden will participate in a native butterfly release.

*All tours depart from the Main Plaza in front of the Brazilian Garden.      

Regular admission to the Garden is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children (ages 4-14). Kids under four and Garden Members are free. For more information visit Naples Botanical Garden online www.naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275. 

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day. 

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

  • Mar. 1 2011
  • Naples Contributor

58th Annual Naples Flower Show Blooms Into A Garden Celebration

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Naples Flower Show Celebrates Naples Botanical Garden and Unveils Details for Its Biggest Event Yet

NAPLES, FL - January 24, 2011 - Naples Botanical Garden and Naples Garden Club once again combine resources and talents to present the 58th Annual Naples Flower Show held on Naples Botanical Garden’s 170-acre property from 9am – 5pm on March 25 - 26, 2011. The two-day event, now one of the largest flower shows in Florida, includes an expanded Garden Market and additional educational demonstrations as well as the Naples Garden Club’s spectacular juried Flower Show of Garden Party themed floral exhibits in celebration of the newly expanded and completed Garden.

Given the Garden’s recent expansion and our close association over the years we felt it the perfect time to commemorate that partnership,” said Naples Flower Show 2011 Chairman Kathleen Hawryluk. “Naples Botanical Garden gives inspiration to anyone that walks through its stunning landscapes and visitors will enjoy seeing the unique interpretations of iconic Garden elements through the wide variety of creative floral displays.

 Naples Garden Club’s Garden Party theme pays homage to all the gardens including the newly opened Marcia and L. Bates Lea Asian Garden, Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden and Water Garden. More than 60 floral designs, ranging from impressive elevated creations atop pedestals to petite five-inch arrangements, will be showcased as part of the Flower Show. New exhibits such as a section of Artistic Crafts that showcase gift boxes, hats and cakes, which include various types of plant material, will also be introduced in this year’s show. In addition to the floral displays, attendees will enjoy perusing the Garden Market which includes 30 vendors such as florists, plant growers, garden and home decor, works of art and plant-inspired accessories. 

For those looking to begin or build on their gardening know-how, new educational exhibits will be on display and a variety of horticulture demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend:

 Friday, March 25th

  • 10am – Ikebana: Imperfect Beauty, Wabi Sabi – By Carol Brocklesby, Stephanie English and Maureen Klingman
  • 12pm – Easy and Fun Floral Designs – By Kathleen Hawryluk, Flower Show Chairman
  • 2pm – Native Plants for Your Home Landscape – By Chad Washburn, Director of Conservation and Education at Naples Botanical Garden

Saturday, March 26th

  • 11pm – Tropical Fruit Trees for Your Home – By Brian Galligan, Director of Horticulture at Naples Botanical Garden
  • 12pm – Easy and Fun Floral Designs – By Kathleen Hawryluk, Flower Show Chairman
  • 2pm – What makes an Orchid an Orchid? – By Richard Pippen, PhD

The Naples Flower Show has evolved into a truly remarkably celebration of art and education,” said Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “With the growth of the Garden in addition to an expanded Garden Market and juried Flower Show, this year’s event promises to be the best yet.”

The 58th Annual Naples Flower Show is sponsored by Auctions Neapolitan, Gulfshore Life and Florida Weekly. Naples Botanical Garden and Naples Garden Club members and children under the age of four are admitted free of charge; otherwise regular admission applies $7.95-$12.95.

This year’s Naples Flower Show coincides with the Naples Orchid Society’s Annual Orchid Show and Sale March 25-27, 2011 and will be located a short drive away from the Garden for those who want to enjoy a full-weekend of Flower festival activities.

For more information or questions please contact Naples Botanical Garden on our website www.naplesgarden.org or by calling us 239-643-7275.

About Naples Garden Club Naples Garden Club was founded in 1953 by 30 keen gardeners and has since grown to a membership of over 200. The educational and charitable organization is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., and offers programs in design and horticulture including monthly meetings held at the Moorings Presbyterian Church (November-April). The Club’s annual House and Garden Tour raises money for its endowed fellowship at FGCU, the Naples Garden Club Idea Garden at NBG and grants to other community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgardenclub.org.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. 

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

 

  • Feb. 23 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Registration Opens For Garden's Get-Up-And-Grow 5K Fun Run

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Sign-ups Open for Naples Botanical Garden's Fun Run to Kickoff a Day of Health-Focused Family Activities

NAPLES, FL - January 24, 2011 - Whether you’re a serious runner or just someone looking to admire the scenery, registration is now open for Naples Botanical Garden’s first 5K Fun Run, part of its Get Up and Grow Day of health-focused activities and education on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Organized with the help of the Gulf Coast Runners, the Fun-Run will kick-off the day at 7:00 a.m. with registration and the official start of the run beginning at 8:00 a.m., followed by a 1-mile walk for those looking to take a more leisurely pace. 

Sign-up for your place in the Garden’s Fun Run online. 

Entry Fees:

February 23-28           $20 Non-Members / $15 Garden Members

March 1-11                  $30 Non-Members / $25 Garden Members

Race Day                    $35

Entry fees include registration for the Fun Run, a Get Up and Grow t-shirt, and admission to the Garden for all the day’s activities.

Pre-run snacks and preparatory activities such as stretching will take place on the Garden’s Event Plaza before runners and walkers take off on the designated paths around the Garden. Post race activities begin at 9am on the Event Plaza with additional programming in the Vicky C. and David Bryon Smith Children’s Garden from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. such as:

  • Get Up and Get Physical – Exercise-inspired fun for children
  • Story Time – Reading of The Ugly Vegetables
  • Get Cooking – Kids cooking demonstrations

The Third Street South Farmer’s Market will be traveling over to the Garden and setting up to sell their goods from 1:00-4:00 p.m. as well. Visitors can join group exercise presentations and activities throughout the afternoon around the Garden or meander the paths and enjoy the sights.

 Staying active and learning how to engage with your environment in a healthy way is a very important message for the Garden,” said Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “We have such a tremendous opportunity to share these lessons with each of our visitors throughout the Garden with miles of walking paths and hands-on activities, especially the Smith Children’s Garden.”

 The Garden will be open for visitors during regular hours – 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – with the Garden Event Plaza and running paths open during registration and the Fun Run from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Regular admission prices apply for visitors not participating in the Fun Run. Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org. 

*Due to the varied terrain no costumes, headphones roller blades or skateboards will be permitted during the Fun Run and walk. 

About Naples Botanical Garden

 Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. 

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

  • Feb. 14 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Naples Botanical Garden Announces Winning Couple of the 11-11-11 Dream Destination Wedding Giveaway Contest

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Princess Moody and Fiance Gabriel Davis Win a $70,000 Dream Garden Wedding

NAPLES, FL - February 14, 2011 - At least one couple will be celebrating more than just romance this Valentine’s Day; Princess Moody and Gabriel Davis of Ohio will be celebrating their being selected as the winning couple of Naples Botanical Garden’s 11-11-11 Dream Destination Wedding Giveaway. As the winning couple, Princess and Gabriel can look forward to a stunning wedding for 75 guests at the Garden valued at more than $70,000 set for November 11, 2011. The Garden, along with 15 participating event vendors and partners are providing the many elements necessary to create a beautiful tropical Garden wedding, from the breathtaking location and cake, to the dress and honeymoon. 

The couple, who are currently both attending universities in the Boston area, met through an AmeriCorps program one summer doing work at the same Cincinnati non-profit that provides assistance for those with health challenges. The cause was one that hit close to home for Princess. After losing her father and trying to care for a disabled mother, Princess admitted she hadn’t been looking for love, but found it, none-the-less, in Gabriel as they spent more and more time working together.

Falling in love with Gabriel was a fresh breath of air,” explained Princess. “He brought happiness into my life after I had experienced so much loss and sadness.”

Less than a year into the relationship, Gabriel proposed one muggy June evening in 2008 alongside the Ohio River as they gazed over the Cincinnati skyline. Their education and passion for public service, however, has remained their priority. With the debt they accumulated between them, they knew they had little chance at any kind of wedding in the company of their beloved friends and family. 

Trying to decide who is the most deserving of a dream wedding among so many couples was impossible for the panel of judges, who reviewed each of the applications we received,” said Brian Holley, Naples Botanical Garden executive director. “Yet, when you hear Princess and Gabriel’s commitment not only to each other, but what they are working towards in their communities, you feel a connection to them. It was this connection that the panel felt so inspired by and we are so thrilled to be able to contribute such a significant day to them and their futures."

Learn more about the couple on our Wedding Giveaway page.

Next Steps Toward the Alter – How You Can Help!

Now that the couple has been selected, friends, family and the public will have a chance to get involved in the wedding plans by submitting their selections for several key elements of the wedding in a voting process. Each month from March – August 2011, the public will have the chance to vote on their choice for the following items:

  • Ceremony Location – Provided by Naples Botanical Garden
  • Wedding Dress – Provided by Loretta Bridal Boutique
  • Stationary – Provided by Arabesque Stationer and Gift Shop
  • Floral Bouquets – Provided by Grace Lakes Florist
  • Wedding Cake/Pastries – Provided by Be Happy Cakes

Visit the Garden’s Wedding Giveaway page to access the current status and to vote. At the end of each voting session, the results will be posted and details for the next round of voting will be available. Then see how it all comes together on 11-11-11!

Participating vendors and partners in the 2011 Dream Destination Wedding Giveaway include: Arabesque Stationer and Gift Shop; Be Happy Cakes; Brides.com; Cater Masters Inc., Decanted Wine; Dolphin Transportation; Fringe Salon; Grace Lakes Florist; Gryphon Jewelry Designs; LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort; Loretta Bridal Boutique; Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau; 929 Design Studios; No Worries Weddings & Events; Party Time Rentals and Springhill Suites by Marriott.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day.

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

  • Feb. 9 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Dogs Rule at Second Annual Dog Day in the Garden

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Naples Botanical Garden Hosts a Day of Canine-Focused Fun February 26th

NAPLES, FL - February 9, 2011 - Dogs will rule the day at Naples Botanical Garden’s Second Annual Dog Day on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Both human visitors and their four-legged companions are invited to explore the Garden and participate in a day of canine-focused demonstrations, programs and vendor showcases. Admission to Dog Day is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children (ages 4-14) and non-member dogs. Kids under four, Garden Members and Member dogs are free.

We are so pleased with the fantastic response to our Dogs in the Garden program and twice weekly dog walks, we felt it important to make the Dog Day an annual event to say thank you to our regulars and also show all that we have to offer the canine community,” said Barbara Finn, Naples Botanical Garden board member and Dogs in the Garden Committee Chairman. “Thanks to our committee and Dog Day event leader Donna Waltrip, we have organized a spectacular group of activities, nonprofits and vendors that dogs and owners alike will enjoy.”

A Garden “leash-law” will be in effect, but owners will be able to escort dogs down the pathways (with exception of the Vicky C. & David Byron Smith Children’s Garden) to explore the “Gardens with Latitude” and watch or take part in one of the activities and demonstrations.

Schedule of Dog Day Events:

  • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. – The Lucky Dog Agility Course (open to visitors)
  • 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – K-9 Demonstrations by The Collier County Sherriff’s Department and The North Naples Fire Department

The Garden thanks its Dog Day sponsors: Bamboo Café, Camp Bow Wow, Emergency Pet Hospital of Collier County, Florida Weekly, Petco, Sabal Palm Animal Hospital, St. Francis Animal Clinic, P.A., Town & Country Animal Hospital.

Participating vendors and organizations include: Bark Busters with G’Day Pet Care, Brookes Legacy, Canine Castaways, Domestic Animal Services, For Footed Friends, Grey Muzzle, Grey 2KUSA, Homeward Bound, Paws for Love, Rescue Dogs, The Brody Project, The Collier County Sheriff’s Department, The Lucky Dog Company, The Naples Police Department Dog Registration, The North Naples Fire Department and Woof Gang Bakery.

Dogs and their owners can return to the Garden every Sunday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Thursday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to join one of the Garden’s Dog Walks. Regular admission prices apply including $7.95 per non-member dog. Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

*All dogs are required to be current on all vaccinations and registrations. One dog admitted per adult. 

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day.

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

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