4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL
NAPLES — Naples Botanical Garden has received an anonymous gift of $21,345.59. The donation was received on Wednesday, May 7th and will help fund the Garden’s expansion capital campaign.
“This gift is a very timely and welcome surprise,” said Brian Holley, Executive Director. “It isn’t uncommon for donors to remain anonymous publicly but it is rare that the institution doesn’t know who the donor is. To whomever made this gift, thank you from all of us at the Garden.” Holley continued, “We are in the midst of our capital campaign and on the brink of breaking ground for our expansion project. We greatly appreciate this friend of the Garden’s vote of confidence in our vision and efforts.”
Naples Botanical Garden is poised to become one of the world’s great gardens. A team of nationally and internationally recognized leaders in landscape architecture, horticulture and green building design have created an elaborate mosaic of themed gardens all scheduled to open in late 2010. The gardens will feature the plants and cultures of the Caribbean, Brazil, Asia and Southwest Florida. In addition, a hands-on children’s garden will include a beautiful and interactive planting area, and will recreate seven child-sized Southwest Florida habitats.
Also home to a unique 90-acre nature sanctuary with seven different ecosystems, the Garden will preserve giant pines, ancient cypress, unspoiled marshes and twisted mangroves, to help provide a vital corridor of habitat for otters, bobcats, wading birds, hawks, eagles and other wildlife. The Garden is committed to returning this incredible microcosm of Southwest Florida nature to pristine wilderness that will forever be protected and preserved.
The Garden will close to the general public June 1, 2008 to begin preparing the site for construction. After the closing, prearranged tours will be offered to members and the general public. One of the first projects to be completed will be the James and Linda White Birding Tower in the Collier Enterprises South Wetlands with tours beginning next fall. Tours of the Vicky and David Byron Smith Uplands Preserve will be provided on a regular basis as well.
By midsummer the Discovery Center, a research and education facility being developed in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University will be under construction with an expected opening in Fall 2009. The facility will provide a venue for Garden events and education programs and a satellite campus for FGCU students.
The Garden will be “virtually open” with the launch of a newly designed web site this summer. Specific plans and public activity schedules will be available on the site as well as released through media outlets.
Additional information on Naples Botanical Garden is available by visiting www.naplesgarden.org or by calling 239.643.7275.