Naples Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors has unanimously selected Juliet (Judy) C. Sproul as their Board Chairman. “With the grand opening before us, we are extremely fortunate to have Judy Sproul as our new chairperson. She has been chairing the Project Committee of the Board of Directors for several years and her transition to leading the Garden will be seamless” stated Brian Holley, Executive Director.
Ms. Sproul most recently served as Naples Botanical Garden’s Vice Chairman and has been a member of the Garden’s Board for eight years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors, Barron Collier Companies. Ms. Sproul is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation; she serves on the Chairman’s Council, YMCA of the Palms; the Advisory Board, The Community School of Naples; a member of Trinity-by-the-Cove. Ms. Sproul has previously served on the Board of Directors, Naples Philharmonic. She was recipient of Edison College Life Achievement Award 2006; Junior Achievement Laureate in 2004 and chosen as Naples Daily News Outstanding Citizen in 2003 and is a 1995 graduate of Leadership Collier. She follows Charles M. (Chuck) Berger as Board Chairman for the Garden. Mr. Berger passed away in December 2008.
“I am proud to follow in Chuck's capable footsteps as we work towards making Harvey Kapnick's vision a reality,” said Ms. Sproul. “Naples Botanical Garden will be a place for generations of Neapolitans and all who visit here to enjoy.” The current 170-acre property at Bayshore and Thomasson Drives was purchased with the support of Harvey Kapnick, philanthropist and Garden Director in Memoriam, and the Kapnick Family Foundation.
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. 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.