• 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.

 

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