• Sep. 13 2010
  • Naples Contributor

Temporary Closing Creates Excited Buzz At The Garden


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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