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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What is a Rain Chain?

Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Garden staff is frequently asked about the chains hanging from the ceiling and loosely anchored among the plants and mulch. These are located throughout the Chabraja Visitor Center in Kathryn's and Irma's Garden, as well as near Fogg Café.

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Scarecrows in the Garden

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Garden's inaugural Community Scarecrow Competition! 16 entries were received and are incredible in their diversity of subject and representation. They are all now on display in the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children's Garden until the end of November.

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Make your own Kokedama

Posted on Monday, October 05, 2015

Kokedama can be broken up into two Japanese words: koke meaning 'moss' and dama meaning 'ball'. The practice is also referred to as 'the poor man’s bonsai' due to its origins as a derivation of the bonsai tradition in Japan.

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The Garden is so Green, it’s Gold!

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015

Naples Botanical Garden has achieved LEED Gold certification for the building, design and construction of the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building practices. To achieve certification, building projects must satisfy per-requisites and earn points to achieve different levels of awards. Some of the Garden's earned points for LEED Gold level certif..

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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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