• 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.

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