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Fragrant Memories

Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Do you remember the perfume your mother wore when she kissed you on her way out to a formal occasion? Smell is said to be the sense most linked to memory, because the organs you use to detect scents are closely linked to the brain's limbic system, which is extremely important to memory and emotion. A person encounters most new scents during childhood, so those may be the ones that evoke the strongest emotions, but even today a trip to the Garden, especially at night, will delight and create new ..

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Fun with Papaya

Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Papaya, a native to the tropics, non-seasonal producer and prolific plant of the Garden, was a perfect fruit focus for our last Garden to Table Culinary Program. Students created some traditional and non-traditional dishes using this highly nutritious and eye catching fruit. Papayas look like a small tree but are actually a large herbaceous plant with a hollow trunk. Growing between 16 to 23 feet, you may need a ladder to harvest this deliciously sweet fruit with musky undertones and butter l..

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Funding Native Orchids

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015

Hats in the Garden, the largest annual fundraiser for Naples Botanical Garden, dedicates the raising of funds, Fund-A-Garden, to a particular cause every year. The 2015 Fund-A-Garden program is the Southwest Florida Orchid Restoration Project. Our local wild areas that were once teeming with millions of native orchids are now witnessing a rapid decline in both abundance and diversity of orchid species. The Garden is collaborating with different organizations, including The Smithsonian Institu..

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Tropical Sage, Salvia coccinea

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tropical sage is a very showy, commonly-planted wildflower that is exceptionally easy to care for. The native tropical sage will reward gardeners year-round with one-inch long, red, salmon, white, or pink blooms, depending on the variety. The abundant flowers are extremely attractive to native wildlife, such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

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