Join us as we continue to grow the Garden. Capital gifts of all sizes provide for new gardens and facilities, while endowment gifts ensure that our new gardens mature and are nurtured for future generations to enjoy.

Growing our Garden

In 1994 a visionary group of local plant enthusiasts founded the Garden. Through the extraordinary generosity and vision of Harvey Kapnick, Jr., the Garden was able to purchase 170 acres of open space made up of seven natural habitats in 2000.

Today Naples Botanical Garden features gardens designed by some of the world’s great tropical landscape architects. Visitors of all ages find inspiration in our many gardens, our feature exhibits, and our educational programs.

The Garden has become one of the most important destinations in Southwest Florida thanks to the generous individuals and families who made an investment through a capital gift to transform a vision into a reality.

Plans are taking shape that will guide the growth of the Garden through its next phase of development. Capital gifts will continue to sustain this effort.

For more information about current capital projects and naming opportunities, please contact Rhea Merrill, Director of Development, at 239.571.3806 or

Funding our Future

A gift to the Garden’s Endowment ensures the upkeep, growth, and care of Naples Botanical Garden for future generations to enjoy. Today, revenue from memberships, gifts to the annual fund, other generous donations, and grants combined with earned revenue provide for the day-to-day operations of the Garden.

As we make plans for new gardens, future facilities, and expanding programs, the Garden’s Endowment Fund will add an additional and permanent revenue stream to help sustain and strengthen the Garden well into the future to ensure long-term financial health.

Currently, the Garden’s Endowment Fund is around $3 million. In order to sustain the Garden into the future, this fund will need to grow to at least $10 million. Gifts of all sizes truly make a difference.

To find out more about making an endowed gift now or through a planned gift, please contact Rhea Merrill, Director of Development, at 239.571.3806 or Many naming opportunities are available!

Please note that as we are a public garden, commemorative materials such as flowers, balloons, and stuffed animals are not allowed in the Garden at any time.