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Gnomes Invade Naples Botanical Garden to Teach Kids About Habitats

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Gnomes Invade Naples Botanical Garden to Teach Kids About Habitats

NAPLES, FL - January 31, 2011 - Some invasions in a garden are welcome, especially when they are a group of eight-inch high, pointy-hat wearing garden helpers – also known as gnomes! On February 12, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Naples Botanical Garden will give visitors to the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children’s Garden the chance to learn about how we can all be a bit more gnome-like and help to take care of our own habitats during the season’s first Family Second Saturday at the Garden.  Admission to Second Saturday events is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children (ages 4-14). Kids ages three and under and Garden Members are free.

The Smith Children’s Garden is already a dynamic interactive space for ‘kids’ of all ages, but our Family Second Saturdays are targeted at making it a wonderland of activity and education,” said Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “Gnomes in the Garden is a whimsical event that will get children and parents involved in actively looking at what really makes up a garden and the various habitats we live among.”

Families can take part in a number of self-guided activities in the Smith Children’s Gardenfrom 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:

  • Make Seed Ka-Blooms – Gnomes leave wildflowers wherever they travel and so can you by making Seed Ka-Blooms and a pouch to hold them in.
  • Build Gnome Shelters – Learn about habitats and then help create gnome-size shelters out of natural materials.
  • Make a Gnome Hat – Show your gnome solidarity with gnomes and their mission to help nature by making and wearing your own tall, pointy gnome hat.
  • Search for Gnomes – Gnomes have taken up residence all over the Smith Children’s Garden and you can search high and low for the garden-helpers as they rest up.

Kids see things in such a different way than adults, it’s a great opportunity for us to embrace our inner-child and create fun activities and funky visual displays that will capture their wandering eyes,” added Britt Patterson-Weber, Smith Children’s Garden coordinator. “We recently had a Gnome Painting Party with over 30 volunteers who all put their own touch on clay gnomes and everyone is looking forward to a fun day in February.”

To go with February’s habitat theme, the The Curious Garden will be read live on the grass under the large royal poinciana tree, affectionately known as “Chuck,” during the regularly scheduled Story Time at 10:30 a.m. and during a special encore reading at 1:15 p.m.

The upcoming Family Second Saturday events schedule includes:

  • February 12 – Gnomes in the Garden
  • March 12 – Get up and Grow including 5k Fun-Run
  • April 9 – Go Wild with special guest Naples Zoo

Visit our website for more information 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 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. 

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

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New Wednesday Night Event Series Kicks Off at the Garden with Landsharks Performance

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The Midweek Gets a Boost at Naples Botanical Garden with Weekly Events

NAPLES, FL - January 24, 2011 - Beginning February 2, 2011 through April 27 2011,  Naples Botanical Garden will be host to a variety of weekly activities as a part of their Wednesday Night Out event series including live musical performances, movie showings, tastings and even yoga, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. The Landsharks kickoff the series 6:00-9:00 p.m. with a live performance on the Water Garden stage and a BBQ and beer tasting by Texas Tony’s, sponsored by Pinchers Crab Shack. Admission to Wednesday Night Out events is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children (ages 4-14). Kids ages three and under and Garden Members are free.

Wednesdays have traditionally been an overlooked evening by visitors and residents around town and we wanted to host a series that would draw groups, couples and families out to enjoy their midweek,” said Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “Thanks to the input from our visitors, we’ve put together an exciting schedule of entertainment that will be an ideal night out. Wednesday Night Schedule (weekly 6:00-9:00 p.m.):

  • Feb. 2 – The Landsharks Performance and Beer/BBQ Tasting by Texas Tony’s
  • Feb. 9 – Movie Showing: Little Shop of Horrors
  • Feb. 16 – James Steve Farnsworth and Paradise Brass Quintet Performances and Wine Tasting by Artichoke & Co.
  • Feb. 23 – Beer Tasting by Decanted
  • March 2 – The Laws Performance and Wine Tasting by Artichoke & Co.
  • March 9 – Movie Showing: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • March 16 – Partner Yoga with Shanti Shanbon and Tasting
  • March 23 – Movie Showing: Bee Movie
  • March 30 – John Friday Performance and Beer Tasting by Decanted
  • April 6 – Frontline Bluegrass Performance and Wine Tasting by Decanted
  • April 13 – Wine Tasting by Artichoke & Co.
  • April 20 – J. Robert Performance and Wine Tasting by Artichoke & Co.
  • April 27 – Partner Yoga with Shanti Shanbon and Tasting

Events are subject to change. Please refer to the online calendar of events for the most up-to-date information.

 Wednesday Night events are held outside in the Garden, so proper attire is suggested. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets for musical performances and movie nights. All events are subject to cancellation/rescheduling due to inclement weather. Visit our website for more information 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 flora 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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Shop Boutiques from Around the Country at Annual Garden Trunk Show

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Naples Botanical Garden Hosts Their Annual Shopping Extravaganza February 11 & 12

NAPLES, FL - January 18, 2011 - Shoppers can begin warming up, as the Ninth Annual Trunk Show at Naples Botanical Garden will be opening on February 11 and 12, 2011 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with more than 20 vendors from across the nation. A wide variety of unique merchandise, from elegant jewelry and clothing for adults and children, to beautiful home accessories, will be on display. Adult admission is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children (ages 4-14) and includes admission to the Garden.

“As the Garden has continued to grow, especially over the last few years, we have worked to expand the annual Trunk Show with a greater variety of vendors to make it a true shopping destination event,” said Patti Novak, event co-chair. “This year we have a wonderful collection of boutiques that are truly unique to the area and fit the Garden’s values of quality and conservation.”

Attendees of the Patron Preview Party, being held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., will have an exclusive chance to see and shop the merchandise before the boutiques open to the public while they enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. These “VIP” tickets also provide all-access admission to shopping both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available for $100 per person by reservation only.

Participating vendors include the following: Bay Head Bags & Home, CMM Designs, Dede Cadieux Designs, Francesca Joy, Ginny’s Orchids, Indo-Chic, Janet Egan Design, Jennifer Smith, JL Lane-Crossing Borders, Johnnie-O, K Madison Designs, Lillian Ostergard, Linens of Provence, Monogram Goods, Pomegranate Seeds, Rose & Harper, Rumor Has It, Sissy Pie Originals, Smathers & Branson, Snappy Gator, Three Sisters, Tropiflora, and Valerie Louthan Designs.

Shoppers can also take comfort that their purchases will be for a worthy cause. Fifteen percent of gross sales during the two-day event will benefit the Garden, helping its growth in exploration, education and conservation of our natural landscapes.

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org or call 239.643.7275 to reserve Patron Preview Party tickets.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the flora 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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Naples Botanical Garden Celebrates Winter Solstice December 16 To 30

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Hundreds of Lights, Live Music and Holiday Activities Create a Festive Occasion at the Garden

NAPLES, FL - December 7, 2010 - On December 16, 2010 Naples Botanical Garden begins its annual Winter Solstice Celebration, sponsored by Home-Tech, from 6-8 p.m.  During December 16 -23 and again from December 26-30 from 6-8 p.m. visitors will enjoy special holiday activities and live musical entertainment as they walk along Garden pathways lit by hundreds of tiki-torches to the Solstice Landing in the new Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden.

The Winter Solstice marks the official beginning of winter, which especially here in Florida is a season for celebration, activity and harvests,” said Brian Holley, executive director. “We want visitors to feel the excitement of this special occasion and to remember the importance of this natural event.”

On December 21, 2010, the sun will be the farthest from the Earth (in the Northern Hemisphere), making it the shortest day and longest night of the calendar year and beginning of the winter season. Winter Solstice has been celebrated as far back as Neolithic times as a significant natural event and has been incorporated into many cultures and religions around the world. Many of the popular holidays observed today incorporate an element of celebration for Winter Solstice! 

Walk Amidst the Garden Lights

Begin at the Garden Visitor Center and Store and embark on the torch-lined pathway to the Café stand where you can purchase a holiday drink and some snacks before you wander down to the Chattel House in the Kapnick Caribbean Garden where you’ll create your own wish sticks.

Wish stick in hand, you’ll enjoy live musical entertainment as you continue across the bridge over the River of Grass to the Scott Florida Garden and the Solstice Landing. Throw your wish stick in the bonfire and warm up with others before heading off to explore the gardens by torch-light, walk the labyrinth, or stroll up through the Marcia and L. Bates Lea Asian Garden. 

Winter Solstice admission is $9.95 for adults, $4.95 for children ages 4-14 (children three and under are free) and free for Garden Members. Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the flora 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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Naples Botanical Garden Announces 11-11-11 Dream Destination Wedding Giveaway Contest

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Application Period Opens for Chance to Win a $70,000 Tropical Garden Wedding

NAPLES, FL - December 1, 2010 - Beginning today, Naples Botanical Garden will begin accepting applications for its Dream Destination Wedding Giveaway in which one lucky couple will win a wedding for 75 guests at the Garden valued at more than $70,000 set for November 11, 2011 (11-11-11). The Garden, along with more than 15 participating event vendors from Southwest Florida are providing the many elements necessary to create a beautiful tropical Garden wedding, from the breathtaking location and cake, to the dress and favors. Eligible couples must complete the Destination Wedding Giveaway Application (available on the Garden’s website) and submit it by January 31, 2011.

“We are always thrilled to be a part of someone’s wedding day,” said Brian Holley, Naples Botanical Garden executive director. “So it is all the more special for us to be teaming up with a talented group of partners to make a dream wedding a reality for one special couple."

To Enter

In order to be eligible for this Destination Wedding, couples must be legal U.S. residents outside of Florida’s Lee and Collier counties. A full list of Wedding Giveaway rules and the complete Application are available online at www.naplesgarden.org/WeddingGiveAway. Applications must be received by no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2011.

The winning couple will be announced on February 14, 2011.

Getting Involved

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

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

Participating vendors in the 2011 Dream Destination Wedding Giveaway include Arabesque Stationer and Gift Shop, Be Happy Cakes, Cater Masters Inc., Decanted Wine, Dolphin Transportation, Grace Lakes Florist, Gryphon Jewelry, Loretta Bridal Boutique, 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 flora 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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Naples Botanical Garden Celebrates Grand Opening of Three Gardens

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Public Invited to Experience Southeast Asia, Florida, and Water Gardens at Botanical Garden's Opening

NAPLES, FL – November 8, 2010 – One year after expanding to its existing 170-acre footprint, Naples Botanical Garden will expand its "Gardens with Latitude" by adding three new cultivated gardens - The Marcia and L. Bates Lea Asian Garden, Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden and Water Garden. On Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 10 a.m. the public will hear opening remarks made by the Garden's Executive Director, Board Chair and County Commissioner Donna Fiala at the official unveiling and be welcomed to explore the new additions, enjoy live music and participate in the Garden Passport Giveaway.

“To see the second phase of the Garden's creation come to fruition is an incredible experience.” said Brian Holley, executive director. “After years of planning and months of construction, the Lea Asian Garden, Scott Florida Garden and Water Garden mark the completion of our initial plans for the Garden. Visitors will be in awe as they travel gardens from around the world and may find themselves forgetting they are still in Southwest Florida."

Visitors to the Grand Opening will become world-travelers in the Garden-sense as they will be given passports upon arrival. The Garden Passport includes spaces for stamps from each of the six cultivated Gardens, which visitors can collect as they explore. Once all six garden stamps are collected, the passport is then validated with a complete Garden Logo stamp and turned back to the visitor to fill out and enter into a giveaway drawing for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • Two Night Stay at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort including dinner for two at Baleen
  • Spa Treatment for two at LaPlaya's Spa Terre
  • Family Membership to the Garden
  • $50 Gift Certificate to the Garden Store

See the Garden's website www.naplesgarden.com for complete Giveaway rules.

Gardens Opening:

Lea Asian Garden – Created by acclaimed Landscape Designer Made Wijaya of Bali, Indonesia, this exotic garden reflects the tropics of Southeast Asia, the source of many of the world’s most important plants. It is divided into various botanical zones including commercial crops (including a rice paddy), ornamentals, bamboos, water plants and also featuring outdoor ‘rooms’ of cultural diversity. Each of the structures and all of their materials – including those for the Javanese Ruin, Thai Pavilion and Balinese Shrine – were handcrafted in Bali, shipped and then reassembled here in the Garden.

Scott Florida Garden – Designed by Naples’ own Ellin Goetz, the Florida Garden displays the essence of the natural landscape and encourages us to renew our connection with the natural elements that draw us to this land of sunshine. Each of its garden ‘rooms’ serves a unique purpose of education and interaction:

  • The Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden offers unique gardening lessons for those of all abilities, including those with physical challenges. Container, tabletop, raised and vertical wall gardens offer inspiration and guidance.
  • The Jeanie Meg and Christopher B. Smith Labyrinth provides a meditative walking-path for visitors to experience a centuries-old method of inner reflection and spiritual relaxation.
  • The Naples Garden Club Idea Garden displays constantly changing demonstrations of the best plants and techniques for home gardens in Southwest Florida and includes a variety of flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs for everyday pleasures.
  • The Solstice Landing overlooks our lakes and restored wetlands beyond and is sited to enjoy seasonal celestial events such as the upcoming Winter Solstice (5-8 p.m. on December 16-23 and 26-30, 2010).

Water Garden – Sitting atop the Mary and Stephen Byron Smith Family River of Grass, this garden showcases exotic aquatic plants from around the world such as water lilies, lotus, iris, and papyrus. The boardwalk that crosses the Water Garden widens in the middle forming a small stage so that visitors may watch future performances from the Great Lawn and other parts of the Garden.

The Grand Opening of the new gardens is sponsored by The Scott's Miracle-Gro Company. The Garden will be open regular hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and food, refreshments, and ice-cream will be available for purchase in the Garden.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a world-class tropical garden paradise that includes cultivated gardens of Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean, Florida, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden and Water Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public on November 14, 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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Jazz Series Kicks Off At The Garden With Patricia Dean Trio

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Naples Botanical Garden, Key Private Bank and CAPA Partner to Launch Six Month Jazz Series

NAPLES, FL – November 15, 2010 – Starting November 21, 2010, the bird songs won’t be the only thing you hear at Naples Botanical Garden as the six month Jazz in the Garden series kicks off from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with a performance by the Patricia Dean Trio. Sponsored by Key Private Bank and in partnership with Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts (CAPA), the Garden will be hosting a monthly jazz performance by Naples’ favorite performers complete with the stunning backdrop of three new gardens, which opened November 13, 2010.

“Jazz in the Garden is a great combination for the Garden and will be a unique experience for our visitors,” said Brian Holley, Naples Botanical Garden executive director. “They can watch the performers set in our new Water Garden from the Great Lawn or appreciate hearing it throughout the adjacent five gardens.”

As Naples, and especially the Bayshore area, has proven to embrace the arts, this musical series is a unique opportunity to expose more people to the incredible cultural and artistic resources Southwest Florida is attracting.  

“At Key, we understand that vibrant communities are driven by more than economics. The arts and bringing together the community around a common cause broadens viewpoints,” said Trisha Hare, Vice President, Key Private Bank. “This is why we are so proud to support Naples Botanical Garden’s Jazz in the Garden. Their efforts to connect people by restoring our region’s natural habitats helps make Naples a better place to live and work.”

The Patricia Dean Trio is just the first of six performances, with the others scheduled from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month through April:

  • December 19, 2010 – The Bob Zottola Quartet
  • January 16, 2011 – The Rebecca Richardson Quartet with Shelton, Dan Heck and Bill Peterson
  • February 20, 2011 – The Dan Heck Trio with Shelton and Bill Peterson
  • March 20, 2011 – The Stu Shelton Trio with Don Mopsick and John Lamb
  • April 17, 2011 - The Lew Delgatto-Dan Miller Quartet with Ron Heffner and Shelton

Visitors to the Garden can enjoy the Jazz in the Garden concerts for the price of general admission - $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for kids ages 4-14 – and Garden members are free. Each guest is invited to bring a blanket or chair to relax on and enjoy the food and cocktails that will be available for purchase during the concert hours.

About  Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a world-class tropical garden paradise that includes cultivated gardens of Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean, Florida, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden and Water Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public on November 14, 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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Temporary Closing Creates Excited Buzz At The Garden

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Naples Botanical Garden Temporarily Closes In Preparation for Opening of New Gardens

NAPLES, FL – September 7, 2010 – Naples Botanical Garden today announced that it will be temporarily closed from Monday, September 20, 2010 through Friday, October 1, 2010. Though the Garden will be closed to the public, it will be bustling with activity as huge loaders move large trees and palms to new locations, earthmovers sculpt a series of seating mounds and the finishing touches begin place on three new gardens covering about six acres that will be opening later this fall.

“The entire Garden will be a temporary construction zone during these 11 days with construction equipment rolling around the property moving earth and large specimen trees.” said Brian Holley, executive director. “We’ve tried to time this closing period so as to minimize the inconvenience to our visitors. They’ll get to see the changes from afar when we reopen for regular business on October 2, but will we amazed when the new gardens officially open on November 13, 2010.”

Anticipation builds among the community as Naples Botanical Garden prepares for their second year of opening ceremonies. The Garden re-opened in November of 2009 as a 170 acre property including 90 acres of natural preserve, cultivated gardens of Brazil and the Caribbean, and an interactive Children’s Garden. To date the Garden has welcomed over 85,000 visitors since it’s reintroduction to the community.

A special construction force, including four Balinese master craftsmen, has been hard at work developing The Marcia and L. Bates Lea Asian Garden, The Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden – which will include The Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden and the Jeannie Meg and Christopher B. Smith Labyrinth – and the Water Garden. With engaging activities, structural elements and stunning landscape design these new gardens will be sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of visitors when they are unveiled November 13, 2010.

The Garden will open for regular hours of business (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) starting Saturday October 2, 2010.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a world-class tropical garden paradise that includes cultivated gardens of Brazil, the Caribbean, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public on November 14, 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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Naples Botanical Garden Hires Meghan Clancy as Special Events Manager

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Event Season Preparation Includes a New Face at the Garden

NAPLES, FL July 21, 2010 –  Naples Botanical Garden today announced it has hired Meghan Clancy to the position of Special Events Manager.

"We are so pleased to have Meghan aboard as we prepare for our upcoming event season at the Garden,” said Brian Holley, executive director. “Our annual events, such as the Opening Celebration week of activities this November, require a great deal of planning and coordination, skills at which Meghan excels.”

In her new role Ms. Clancy will oversee Garden events such as the Opening Celebration, Hats in the Garden, Trunk Show, and the Swing into Spring Golf Tournament.

Ms. Clancy joins the Garden with over five years of experience in event planning and marketing. Prior to the Garden, this Naples, Florida native served as the Special Events Coordinator at a regional nonprofit, after holding marketing positions for Chicago area businesses for almost three years.  Ms. Clancy holds a B.A. of Arts in both Communications and Spanish from Ohio State University.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a world-class tropical garden paradise that includes cultivated gardens of Brazil, the Caribbean, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public on November 14, 2009 after an extensive expansion. Hours of operation are 9-5 every day.

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

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Naples Botanical Garden Honors Dorio Family As 5,000th Member Sign-up

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Garden Membership sign-ups have increased 163% since Grand Opening

NAPLES, FL – June 2, 2010 – What began as a family trip to Naples Botanical Garden this past Saturday, became a celebration as six year-old Isaac Dorio, his younger brother, baby sister, and parents were told they were the 5,000th Garden Member sign-up. Not only did the Garden honor the family by extending a complimentary Family Membership and a $100 gift card to the Garden Store, but the family will also hold a special place in the Garden’s history and be featured in the organization’s publication Garden Magazine. 

“Our son Isaac was raving about his class field trip to the Garden,” said Amanda Dorio with husband Paul. “We knew it had to be a special place for him to talk about it like that. For us as parents and gardeners, we were thrilled to see how much there is to do and learn for all of us, but especially for the kids in the Children’s Garden.”

The Dorio Family’s membership marks an exciting achievement for the Garden since its reopening in November 9, 2009, as membership has grown by 163 percent in just over six months. Visitors continue to be amazed with the Garden and frequently take advantage of crediting their admission ticket cost for that day towards a membership after they walk through the 170 acre property.

“Our staff doesn’t do much to sell visitors on our membership since a walk around the Garden frequently does that for us,” states Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “Additionally, our memberships are reasonably priced and include such a range of benefits making them a fantastic investment for individuals and families alike.”

Membership benefits include:

  • Free admission to the Gardens and general admission Garden events
  • Free subscription to our Garden Magazine
  • Discounts on Garden programs and 10 percent off purchases at the Garden Store and participating garden centers
  • Invitations to members-only programs
  • Use of the Read Library
  • Advance registration for plant sales, programs and events
  • Free reciprocal admission to 200 gardens nationwide through the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program

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

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a world-class tropical garden paradise that includes cultivated gardens of Brazil, the Caribbean, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public on November 14, 2009 after an extensive expansion. Hours of operation are 9-5 every day.

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