Sunday in Naples

A busman's holiday

Monday, February 15, 2016

Lego gardener

Brazilian garden
River of Grass exhibit

On a brilliant Sunday we stopped at the Naples Botanical Garden on our way home from a garden festival at the Edison & Ford Winter Estate in Ft. Myers.

I had not been to the Naples garden since 2006, when I reported about a charette to complete the master plan. Landscape architects Ellin Goetz, Raymond Jungles, Herb Schaal, Bob Truskowski and Made Wijaya spent the day sketching their ideas for themed gardens. Raymond designed the Brazilian garden and donated a tile mural by the late landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, his mentor.

In 10 years, the 170 acre garden has filled in, and displays conservation areas as well as man-made theme gardens. Lego sculptures by Sean Kenney are placed through out. A children's garden is set in a hammock and cypress head, while a two-story tree house overlooks their adventures. A Florida garden features a wildflower meadow.

An enabling garden of raised beds, a living wall, Cracker house and garden, and orchid garden are here too.             --Georgia Tasker


Asian garden

Drinking fountains for dogs who

may visit on certain days


Tree house over children's area