sustainable initiatives – Water
Water is one of Florida's most valuable resources. At times of the year it is in surplus, providing necessary habitat for fish and wildlife, at other times it is scarce, shrinking suitable habitat and stressing urban landscapes. Water availability issues are often compounded by water quality, especially nutrient run-off caused by fertilizers. The Garden strives to be a leader in the wise use of this priceless resource through the use of best management practices to conserve water throughout the year and to reduce run-off of nutrient and other pollutants to our natural systems.
Storm water treatment:
Stormwater treatment is designed and incoporated into the overall garden plan as a feature of the landscape. The multi-award winning system incorporates bio-swales, raingardens, ponds, and the Smith River of Grass, a tribute to the Everglades. The entire stormwater system uses appropriate Florida native plants, creating both a 'sense of place' and habitat for our native wildlife.
The Garden's irrigation system features the newest in water saving features. A smart weather station records data to determine when gardens need irrigated and when rainfall is sufficient to keep plants healthy. The system also takes advantage of developments in efficient micro- and drip-irrigation and low-flow irrigation heads that reduce water losses to evaporation and run-off.
2011 APGA Award of Merit, Brian Holley, Executive Director, Naples Botanical Garden. http://www.publicgardens.org/content/past-award-merit-recipients
2011 Award of Excellence, Goetz+Stropes Landscape Architects Inc. http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/aug/03/young-botanical-garden-takes-home-collection-of-ac/
2011 Award of Honor, Raymond Jungles, Inc.
2011 Annual School Garden Competition, First Place School Garden (Multiple Class) - Avalon Elementary School Global Garden After-School Program.
2010 Impact Award, Goetz+ Stropes Landscape Architects, Inc.
2010 Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) Landscape Awards of Excellence.
2010 Summit Award in the category of Best Commercial Project.
2010 Gold Medal Winner / National Building of America Project. http://www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com/2010/06
2009 Intelligent Use of Water Leadership Award from the Rain Bird Corporation. http://www.rainbird.com/corporate/IUOW/awards.htm