• Nov. 16 2010
  • Naples Contributor

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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