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Naples Attraction Reports Record-Breaking Attendance

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Naples Botanical Garden Celebrates 50,000 Attendees since Reopening in November

NAPLES, FL – March 24, 2010 – Naples Botanical Garden celebrated the start of March by welcoming its 50,000th attendee on March 6th proving that Naples has embraced its latest amenity. Though spanning less than four months these attendance numbers are nearly double the attraction’s pre-expansion annual attendance and assure the staff that the efforts have been worth-while.

“We knew even before opening that the Garden holds something truly unique and hoped for a positive reaction, however this attendance has surpassed our initial projections by over 20 percent,” said Brian Holley, Executive Director at Naples Botanical Garden. “With a list of exciting events coming up and new gardens opening later this year, I think visitors will continue to see us as a new favorite destination.”

Despite abnormally chilly temperatures in January and February, a consistent flow of visitors arrived to experience the sights, sounds, and event tastes of Naples Botanical Garden. Thanks to a variety of events including family activity days, concerts, cooking demos, dog walks, tours, and Lifelong Learning seminars, the Garden has quickly developed into a community destination.

Whether looking for a day-trip or entertaining house-guests, the Garden offers a new twist on the Florida experience that visitors and residents alike are taking advantage of. The affordable admission, ranging from $4.95 for kids to $9.95 for adults (members receive free admission), ensures that families and groups are also able to share in the botanical fun.

For more information or questions 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.

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Tropical Plants Take Center Stage At Annual Naples Flower Show

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Horticulture Exhibits Showcase Women’s Many Roles in Society with ‘Wonder Women’ Theme

NAPLES, FL – March 9, 2010 – Naples Botanical Garden and Naples Garden Club join efforts to present the 57th Annual Naples Flower Show held at the newly expanded Naples Botanical Garden from 9am – 5pm on March 27 and 28. The two-day event includes a variety of vendors and educational demonstrations in addition to a spectacular display of Wonder Women themed floral exhibits which are a part of the Naples Garden Club’s annual juried Flower Show.

“We’re extremely excited to see what creative exhibits designers will bring to the table this year,” said Naples Flower Show 2010 Chairman Kathleen Hawryluk. “You will chuckle, remember, respect, and be astounded when you view these unique interpretations of notable women and their roles.”

More than 50 floral designs, ranging from towering creations atop elevated pedestals to petite three-inch arrangements, will be showcased as part of the Wonder Women Flower Show. In addition to the floral displays, attendees will enjoy perusing the hundreds of subtropical and tropical horticultural specimens and the Garden Market which includes a wide array of vendors such as florists, plant growers, gardening materials, art and jewelry.

For those looking to begin or build on their gardening know-how horticulture demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend:

Saturday, March 27th

  • 11am – Flower Arranging with Naples Garden Club
  • 2pm – Repotting Orchids with Carolyn Miller

Sunday, March 28th 

  • 1pm – Mounting Tillandsias with Carolyn Miller
  • 2pm – Succulent Container Planting with Lydia Galton

“Whether you come to learn a few new ideas or just enjoy the beautiful arrangements amidst the tropical surroundings, the Naples Flower Show is a weekend to mark down in your calendars,” said Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “We are pleased to host the event at our Garden where the beauty and wonder of the exhibits pair perfectly with our tropical gardens.”

Naples Botanical Garden and Naples Garden Club members and children under the age of four are admitted free of charge; otherwise regular admission applies $4.95-$9.95.

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

Sponsored in part by Naples Daily News.

About Naples Garden Club

Naples Garden Club was founded in 1953 by 30 keen gardeners and has since grown to a membership of almost 200. The organization is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., and offers programs in design and horticulture including a general meeting held at the Moorings Presbyterian Church on the first Monday of each month (November-April). The Club’s annual House and Garden Tour raises money for scholarships for botanical and environmental research and grants to organizations such as Naples Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity, David Lawrence Center and The Conservancy of Southwest Florida.Naples Garden Club was founded in 1953 by 30 keen gardeners and has since grown to a membership of almost 200. The organization is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., and offers programs in design and horticulture including a general meeting held at the Moorings Presbyterian Church on the first Monday of each month (November-April). The Club’s annual House and Garden Tour raises money for scholarships for botanical and environmental research and grants to organizations such as Naples Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity, David Lawrence Center and The Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

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 Spring Event Series Begins

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Food, Music, and Family Activities Make the Garden a Frequent ‘Must See’

NAPLES, FL – February 5, 2010 – Naples Botanical Garden invites you to embrace the season and join us for our Spring Series in the Garden with special events every week February through April. There is something for everyone no matter the age, interests, or schedule as our events range from end-of week jazz infused happy-hours and weekend family activities, to mid-week cooking demonstrations, and even Sunday brunch.

Each month we will have one themed event each week so that you can add them to your calendar and know what to plan for.

First Call Friday 

On the first Fridays of the month we will host a happy hour – Garden style – with live musical performances, food and drinks from 5:15pm-7:00 pm. Mark your calendars for the following performances:

  • March 5th – Frontline Bluegrass
  • April 2nd – William Noll Quartet
  • Special April Mambo Brothers Performance! (Date To Be Announced)

Second Saturday: Family Fun Day 

Join in on the fun family activities the second Saturdays of the month from 10am-3pm. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the themed days and interactive activities that both entertain and educate in the Children’s Garden.

Third Sunday Brunches

Enjoy Sundays as they should, with a relaxing brunch, soothing music and beautiful sunshine amidst the tropical landscapes of the Garden. This unique experience will be hosted from 10am-1:00pm on the third Sunday of the month. Reservations are required.

February 21st - March 21st - April 25th

$40 member adults/$20 member child

$45 non-member adult/$25 non-member child

Fourth Wednesday Cooking Demonstrations

Get cooking on the fourth Wednesdays of the month from 5:15pm-7:00pm with live cooking demonstrations where celebrated Naples-based chefs prepare food, provide green/eco-friendly cooking tips, and offer up tastings of their delicious creations. Please RSVP prior to attending:

  • February 24th – Tony Ridgway of Tony’s Off Third, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, and Ridgway Bar & Grill
  • March 24th – Chef John Phillips, owner of CaterMasters
  • April 28th – Chef from Naples Beach Hotel

*Regular Admission ($4.95-$9.95 for non-members, members are free) applies for all events with the exception of the Third Sunday Brunches (members -$40 per adult/ $20 per child or $45/$25 for non-members).

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

About Naples Botanical Garden

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

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

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Dogs Have New Walking Destination In A Botanical Setting

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Naples Botanical Garden Celebrates Launch of Dog Program with a New Kind of Garden Party

NAPLES, FL – January 18, 2010 – On Saturday, January 30th the Naples Botanical Garden will open its doors to a new kind of visitor – dogs – with a Public Opening Celebration of its Dogs in the Garden program, affectionately known as “Diggers”, from 1-5pm. Both human visitors and their four-legged companions are invited to explore the Garden and participate in an afternoon of walks and canine-focused demonstrations, programs, and vendor showcases.

Pups of all sizes will enjoy the festivities and opportunity to socialize amidst the lush landscape of the recently expanded botanical gardens. Though a Garden “leash-law” will be in effect, owners will be able to escort dogs down the winding paths, around the waterfall and sloping lawns of the Brazil Garden, and past the Caribbean Garden to our River of Grass and Bird-Watch Tower.

For those dogs looking to learn new tricks, demonstrations will be held throughout the afternoon including:

  • Obedience & Agility Training
  • Obstacle Courses
  • North Naples Fire Department
  • Naples Police K-9 Dogs Shadow & Chico

Event sponsors Bamboo Café, St. Francis Animal Clinic, Camp Bow Wow, Goodness for Pets, Naples Pet Salon, and Woof Gang Bakery, as well as assorted groups and vendors, will be on site with information, goods and food for both dogs and their owners.

“Dogs in the Garden was developed with the purpose of giving visitors and their dogs an enjoyable and sophisticated destination to walk,” said Barbara Finn, Board Member and Chair of the Membership Committee. “Though more locations in Southwest Florida have opened up to welcome dogs, there is still a need for more pet-friendly public spaces, and we’re happy to provide that to those living in and visiting Naples.”

The Dogs in the Garden program will offer designated days/hours for dog walks throughout the stunning botanical gardens, in addition to special dog-related events. Visitors can look forward to bringing their four-legged friends for a stroll through the Garden during designated public dog walks which are posted on the Naples Botanical Garden website under the Events Calendar.

*Regular admission prices apply including $4.95 per non-member dog. Free for members and their dogs. All dogs are required to be current on all vaccinations and registrations. One dog admitted per adult.

About Naples Botanical Garden

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

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

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Naples Botanical Garden Hires Shannon Palmer as Communications Manager

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Newly Reopened Botanical Garden Welcomes New Talent to the Team

NAPLES, FL – January 15, 2010 – Naples Botanical Garden today announced it has hired Shannon Palmer to the position of Communications Manager.

“We are excited to have Shannon on board as the Garden enters a new phase in its history,” said Brian Holley, executive director. “Our recent expansion of the Garden and accompanying facilities has truly made this a world-class destination and raising awareness of both its entertainment and educational elements will be a vital part of our success.”

In her new role Ms. Palmer will be responsible for directing the Garden’s communication activities with the goal of enhancing the Garden’s public image, visibility, and increasing garden attendance and support among diverse audiences and constituencies.

Ms. Palmer brings with over five years of concentrated experience in Public Relations and Social Media Marketing. Previous experience includes four years at PR agency, PAN Communications working with a variety of national consumer, professional service and technology clients. Ms. Palmer holds a B.A. of Communications from University of Tampa. She has also held board positions on Boston Chapters of Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation and GirlsInTech.

About Naples Botanical Garden

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

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

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Solstice Celebration at Naples Botanical Garden

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Naples Botanical Garden will present a Solstice Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 17 through Dec. 23 at the garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive. Visitors will be dazzled by 531 tiki torches that will line the garden walkways from the Visitor Center to the Solstice Landing overlooking Deep Lake. Santa Claus, in tropical attire, will greet children in the Caribbean Garden Chattel House. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be provided, and the Naples Botanical Garden Cafe will sell wine and hors d’oeuvres such as plated cheese and crackers, Hanukkah cookies and Scottish shortbread cookies. Entertainment—including a guitarist in the Brazilian Garden, a member of Flute Cocktail in the Kapnick Caribbean Garden and a Druid at the Solstice Landing –will be featured each night. T

he Garden Shop will be open for holiday shopping, with the members’ discount of 10 percent available. The Solstice Celebration is free with regular admission of $9.95 for adults, $4.95 for children ages to 4 to 14, and free for members. Naples Botanical Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 239-643-7275.

ABOUT NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN

Naples Botanical Garden created 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. The Garden opened to the public on November 14, 2009.

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Naples Botanical Garden launches Lifelong Learning Programs

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Naples Botanical Garden will debut its new Lifelong Learning schedule to the community beginning November 17th with the workshop Growing and Preparing Herbs presented by Pat Johnson. The Garden will host one lecture and one hands-on workshop per month from November until April 2009 focused on gardening and “green” best-practice themes. A special highlight of the season is a lecture and book signing by the designer of the Garden’s future Brazilian Garden, Raymond Jungles. His about-to-be-released book, The Colors of Nature: Subtropical Gardens by Raymond Jungles features his design plan and will bring the Naples project to an international audience before it is open to the public.

“For those looking for ways to improve their gardening skills, there are many varied subjects to choose,” said David Webb, Education Manager. “Whether you’re an advanced horticulturalist, or an optimistic “brown thumb,” the Lifelong Learning programs will be fun, interesting, and of value to those who attend.”

Class sizes are limited and those interested should register soon. All classes and lectures will be held at Naples Botanical Garden unless noted otherwise. Programs will last approximately 1-2 hours. Naples Botanical Garden members will receive a discount. Participants must register at least one week before the class date. Register by phone with a credit card during normal business hours: Monday- Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm. Phone number is 239.643.7275. For information and to print out a mail-in registration form, please visit www.naplesgarden.org. Registration forms will be processed in the order they are received.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

Growing and Preparing Herbs

Monday, November 17, 10am
Join herbalist Pat Johnson as she demonstrates the mixing of herbs to make teas, vinegars, and oils. You will leave this hands-on workshop with a few samples of your own herbal creations and ready to make new blends at home.
$20 member/ $30 non-member

Green Clean: Safe and Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Home and Protect Your Planet

Tuesday, January 20, 10am
Did you know that most commercial cleaners contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment and ourselves? Jill Barry and Hallie Deegan Lundon will guide you in creating your own eco-friendly household cleaners that might just perform better than store-bought products! You will take home your new products with their recipes and other eco-friendly home tips.
$20 member/ $30 non-member

Rain Barrels and Florida Rain Gardens: Simple Techniques to Conserve Water and Reduce Water Pollution

Monday, February 2, 10am
Location: The City of Naples Norris Community Center This is a must for every Collier County resident! Naples Botanical Garden is pleased to offer this workshop in partnership with the University of Florida, Collier County, and the City of Naples. Mike Malloy, coordinator for the University of Florida’s “Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Rain Barrel Program” will instruct you on how to use a rain barrel at home to collect storm water runoff from your roof for use in irrigation. Additionally, you will learn about the benefits of rain gardens, the impacts of your landscaping practices, and how to easily employ more sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives. The registration fee includes a complete rain barrel kit for each participant.
$60 member/ $75 non-member

Repotting and Mounting Orchids

Tuesday, March 17, 10am
Have you ever purchased an orchid and watched it wither away while you wondered how you might revive it? Join Sandy Catron and Carolyn Miller for this workshop of orchid basics and learn how to repot and even mount your orchids to ensure a longer life and lots of new flowers! BYOO (bring your own orchid) – if you do not have your own, we will provide a small one for you.
$20 member/ $30 non-member

Training Trees and Shrubs

Tuesday, April 21, 10am
Learn professional secrets about how simple pruning techniques can make a tree or shrub more visually appealing, and increase the quality and number of flowers and fruit while improving its longevity. Our own Horticulture Manager Brian Galligan will share his expertise with you in this hands-on workshop.
$20 member/ $30 non-member

LECTURES

Utilizing Native Plants in Your Yard

Wednesday, November 19, 10am
Discover the benefits of using native plants in your yard, which species are ideal and some simple tips for success as Chad Washburn discusses why native plants are low-maintenance, inexpensive, and attract birds and other wildlife.
$15 member/ $20 non-member

Tropical Fruits Made Simple

Tuesday, December 2, 10am
Have you ever wondered what the secret is to making your fruit trees fruitful? Join local experts David and Jenny Burd as they share their successes in growing tropical fruits in Collier County. What a delicious topic!
$15 member/ $20 non-member

Supermarket Botany: the Botanical Nature of Common Fruits and Vegetables Grown in Gardens

Tuesday, January 6, 10am
Just how much do plants affect each of us every day? Dr. George Wilder, our Herbarium Curator and Botanist, will share some botany basics about some of your favorite foods, ensuring you’ll never look at an onion the same way. This is one you will surely not want to miss!
$15 member/ $20 non-member

An Exciting Botanical Travel Log on Hawaii

Tuesday, February 3, 10am
Carolyn Miller, Curator of Collections at Naples Botanical Garden, spent time in Hawaii studying the Islands’ unique flora and collecting numerous exceptional photographs. Get to know the real Hawaii as she shares her fascinating stories of discovery, along with spectacular images.
$15 member/ $20 non-member

“The Colors of Nature: Subtropical Gardens by Raymond Jungles”

Tuesday, March 3, 10am
Award-winning landscape architect and designer, Raymond Jungles, will discuss his plans for Naples Botanical Garden’s Brazilian Garden as well as 20 other design projects from around Florida. His new book, “The Colors of Nature,” will be available at a book-signing following the lecture.
$15 member/ $20 non-member; limited seating

Best Sustainable Practices for Your Lawn and Garden

Tuesday, April 7, 10am
Alberto Chavez, Greenscape Coordinaor at Rookery Bay, will instruct you on environmentally friendly and effective grass, and plant selection; fertilizer and pesticide use; as well as mulching, pruning, and irrigation practices.
$15 member/ $20 non-member

Naples Botanical Garden is in the process of creating a world-class tropical garden paradise that will feature cultivated gardens of Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean, Florida, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. Currently, the Garden offers pre-registered visitations on specific dates. For more information call 239-643-7275 or visit www.naplesgarden.org, where the Garden is virtually open.

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Garden Celebrates Grand Opening with The Living Garden

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In celebration of Naples Botanical Garden's grand opening The Living Garden® will be performing throughout the Naples area. A reflection of the beauty and elements of the Garden, walking vines and life-sized orchids will be inviting the community to the 11:00 am, Saturday, November 14th ribbon cutting at the Garden followed by entertainment in various gardens. Grand opening festivities continue the next day with music and activities for the entire family on Sunday, November 15th with the Garden's regular hours of 9 am - 5 pm.

The Living Garden® is an award winning live performance company produced by 2nd Nature Productions, Inc. with offices in Florida and California. Performances have a high visual impact resonating in the realm of beauty and mystery. It is movement based, but character driven creating a unique niche in the entertainment world. The Living Garden® has been seen at events across the USA and internationally, including The Grammy's®, Russell Simmons's "Art For Life" fundraiser, and the "Just For Laughs" festival in Montreal, where they received the Coup de Coeur (People's Choice Award).

The Living Garden Appearance Schedule -- November 9-15, 2009

Monday, November 9
THIRD STREET SOUTH - Noon to 1:00 pm
MARISSA COLLECTIONS/PATRON PARTY - 5:30 pm to 7:00 p

Tuesday, November 10
Strolling Fifth Avenue - Noon to 1 pm

Wednesday, November 11
RITZ CARLTON - High Tea at 2:00 pm

Thursday, November 12
COCONUT POINT MALL - Noon to 1:00 pm
WATERSIDE SHOPS - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Friday, November 13
MERCATO - outside of restaurants 6:00 pm

Saturday, November 14
GRAND OPENING RIBBON CUTTING 11:00 am

Sunday, November 15
IN THE GARDEN 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Naples Botanical Garden has created 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. The Garden will open to the public on November 14, 2009. For more information call 239-643-7275.

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Naples Botanical Garden Names Berger, Diaz and Fumagalli To Board Of Directors

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Naples Botanical Garden has named Jane Purdy Berger, Fermin A. Diaz, P.E. and John D. Fumagalli to the Garden’s Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to have these outstanding community leaders join our Board of Directors,” stated Judy Sproul, Board Chairman. “Each one brings unique talents and expertise to the Garden that will serve us well as we prepare for the grand opening in November and into the future.”

Jane Purdy Berger has been an integral part of the Garden since introducing the Hats in the Garden concept six years ago. First held on November 4, 2005; it has become the Garden’s signature fundraising event, netting well over a million dollars to date. Her leadership experience includes chairing events for Naples Community Foundation, Greater Naples Leadership, Naples Art Museum, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Columbus Art Museum in Columbus, OH. She has served on numerous committees throughout the world, including; Images of Immokalee, the Fund for National Botanical Garden, American School of Milan, Italy, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. After an education at Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas, Mrs. Berger worked in the fashion industry in Dallas, TX. She has lived and traveled throughout the world and currently calls New York and Naples home.

Fermin A. Diaz, P.E is President of WilsonMiller, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience as a civil engineer. Mr. Diaz has overseen an impressive period of growth throughout Florida and select markets in Latin America and the Caribbean for the multi-disciplinary planning, design and engineering company. Mr. Diaz joined WilsonMiller as a project engineer upon graduation from the University of South Florida in 1977 and became a Principal and Member of the Board of Directors prior to being named President. A graduate of Naples High School and longtime resident of Naples, Mr. Diaz is a visible leader in the community, offering his time, and support to a host of activities in community as well as business and professional organizations locally and statewide. He has won numerous awards and recognitions and has served on the Board of the Collier County Education Foundation and the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce.

John D. Fumagalli is President and Chief Executive Officer for the Southwest Florida region of Northern Trust, NA. He joined Northern Trust in Chicago in March 1989 and served in a variety of roles before he moved into his current position in August of 2005. Mr. Fumagalli received a B.A. degree in Economics in 1983 from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a Masters degree in Business Administration in 1997 from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Fumagalli also serves on several other boards including Naples Community Hospital Foundation, Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, the Collier County Advisory Board for Catholic Charities, and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

Naples Botanical Garden is in the process of creating a world-class tropical garden paradise that will include cultivated gardens of Brazil, the Caribbean, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden will open to the public in November 2009. For more information call 239-643-7275 or visit www.naplesgarden.org, where the Garden is virtually open.

Media Contact: Amy Kessler Telephone: 239-643-7275 Email: akessler@naplesgarden.org

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Naples Botanical Garden's Grand Opening To Be Sponsored By Scotts Miracle-Gro

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Naples Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is the presenting sponsor of the Garden’s Grand Opening, a weeklong celebration beginning November 9th, 2009.

“We are honored to be a part of the launch of this new garden paradise,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. “The Garden will be a true jewel for the Naples community and beyond. We are proud to support the grand opening as a presenting sponsor.”

“The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the global leader in garden care, is a natural fit to help us celebrate the grand opening of the Garden,” said Brian Holley, executive director of the Garden. “Over a decade in the making, the new gardens offer a unique and engaging approach to bringing people and tropical plants together and support from this company, recognized around the world for excellence, underscores the quality of our world-class project. We look forward to working with ScottsMiracle-Gro to celebrate this truly extraordinary opportunity.”

The Garden’s opening will include the Opening Celebration, an afternoon-into-evening ticketed garden party on November 10th, the Sixth Annual Hats in the Garden fundraising luncheon on November 11th, a Member Preview on November 13th and the Public Grand Opening ribbon cutting on November 14th at 11:00 am followed by a weekend full of family activities.

Naples Botanical Garden is in the process of creating a world-class tropical garden paradise that will include cultivated gardens of Brazil, the Caribbean, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden will open to the public in November 2009. For more information call 239-643-7275 or visit www.naplesgarden.org, where the Garden is virtually open.