Granted we visited in Feb, not mid-summer, but the bottom line is this is a brand new facility so it has the starkness of a newly planted garden which even summer won't help. When we called to ask if anything was in bloom we were told there were lots of flowers etc to see. In fact the only color we saw after plunking down our $19+ entrance fee was from some potted petunias and snaps (and not very many of these). The garden concept may be unrealistic in that it features many plants/trees from So. America and these were literally devastated by the Jan 2010 freeze. They were killed dead (further increasing the bleakness) and most will never come back in my estimation and they may be unsuitable even for the occasional moderate winter freezes in the Naples area. I'm not sure what they were thinking.
The docents were friendly but at a loss if the questions strayed from their scripts. The sculptures scattered about the garden were bland and uninteresting. This was particularly true of the large sculpture wall next to the waterfall, a disorganized palette of shapes and color, which is the focal point of the place. They have a nice childrens area which I'm sure provides for some educational entertainment in season.
I would definitely give the place several more years to allow for some lushness to develop, which I'm sure will happen. I don't think it is worth the entrance fee at the moment.
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