Naples Botanical Garden is the recipient of the 2017 Award for Garden Excellence, voted on by our peers and fellow members of the American Public Gardens Association.
We couldn’t do it without you – so let’s celebrate!
On Sunday, January 21 from 9 am to 5 pm, we will enjoy all that makes the Garden excellent.
Buy your ticket when you arrive on January 21 and save $5 per ticket!
AND enjoy $10 off Garden membership at any level (new or renewal). This limited time offer is available on January 21, 2018 in person only.
Performance Lawn will host informational tables on Garden Membership and the Volunteer Program, as well as music on the Water Garden stage from 10am to 4pm.
Artists Paul Arsenault and Jim Rice will be painting and sculpting, respectively, by the Jane and Chuck Berger Shop in the Garden from 11 am – 3 pm.
Conserve – Kapnick Hall
- 9 am – 4 pm: Learn about three native species the Garden is actively working to conserve and view specimens of Tillandsia utriculata (giant air plant), Persea palustris (swamp bay), Dendrophylax lindenii (ghost orchid) up-close.
- 10 – 11 am: Legacy Tree lecture by Brian Galligan
Brian Galligan, Director of Horticulture, will share how many tropical trees have a lifespan into the thousands of years; however, some Naples trees may only survive until the next new homeowner renovates his landscape. With modern machines and a little horticultural understanding, successfully relocated these arboreal giants to Naples Botanical Garden, where lucky trees can find a new life and are named our legacy trees.
- 2 – 3 pm: Conservation lecture by Chad Washburn
Deputy Director Chad Washburn will highlight some of Naples Botanical Garden’s native plant conservation efforts in Florida and the Garden’s expanding role in plant conservation in the Caribbean basin region.
Discover – Tours
- 10 am – 4 pm: Volunteer-led 30-minute tours starting on the hour will highlight parts of what the Garden has to offer (no tours from 12-1pm).
Engage – Buehler Enabling Garden and Smith Children’s Garden
- 9 am – 5 pm: Enabling Garden- Volunteer-led Sensory Activities
Therapeutic horticulture programs at the Garden use active and passive interaction with plants to enhance participants’ well-being. The multisensory activities in the Buehler Enabling Garden will engage you in the relaxing benefits of nature as you learn how the Garden partners with local organizations to enrich the lives of people with differing abilities in our community. Special guests from Florida Gulf Coast University’s Occupational Therapy program will also demonstrate adaptive gardening tools.
Walk, observe, navigate, draw, explore, and read with us during W.O.N.D.E.R. in the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children’s Garden at 10:30am! January’s theme is Feathered Friends: Beaks, feathers, and wings, oh my! Discover the world of birds by exploring feathers up-close and creating your own pair of binoculars to search out birds on the fly. Encourage a bird-friendly habitat in your own backyard by planting some Florida-native fiddlewood seeds.
- 10 am – 2 pm: Learn about Collier Greens in the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children’s Garden
Did you know that Naples Botanical Garden helps support school and community gardens throughout our area? Through Collier Greens, we offer workshops for garden educators, free seedlings, garden mentoring, an EarthBox lending library, and much more to local group gardens. Learn more at our informational table including how YOU can help support garden-based education.
Inspire – Naples Garden Club Idea Garden
- 9 – 10 am: Kokedama demonstrationKokedama is a traditional Japanese art form using moss as a container for planting. In this demonstration, participants learn the history of kokedama as well as how to make these interesting moss balls
- 10 – 11 am: Botanical Embroidery demonstration
Join us in the exciting craft of embroidery. Learn how hand-drawn botanical patterns featuring an array of subjects can be used to create a handmade textural piece of art for your home!
- 11 am – 12 pm: Container Planting demonstration
Container plantings can add something special to any home. Learn how to plant a variety of containers and the design process behind the Garden’s annual beds and containers.
- 1 – 2 pm: Fairy Gardening demonstration
Transform an old container into your very own fairy garden! Learn how to design, plant, and create a miniature landscape as well as learn about the hidden therapeutic and whimsical properties of fairy gardening.
- 2 – 3 pm: Naples Garden Club demonstration
The Naples Garden club will present a unique garden craft featuring succulents.
- 3 – 4 pm: Water Garden demonstration
Join us for this introduction to water gardening in Southwest Florida featuring a demonstration of how to make a whiskey barrel water garden.