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“give it a few years”

Naples Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 122 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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“give it a few years”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2010

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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“too new”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2010

was disappointed, wasn't worth admission price. wait 3 years for the plants to grow. go to sarasota if you want to see an amazing botanical garden.

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“Most impressive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2009

During our recent vacation to Marco Island, we were looking around for things to do and happened upon the grand opening of the Naples Botanical Garden. We arrived mid-morning on Sunday and spent at least 2 hours wandering through the different gardens that are currently available. We were all very impressed with the beautiful gardens and were in awe of how well everything was laid out. The fountain with the water lillies was everyone's favorite but we were all adults. Had we children in the crowd we would probably still be at the Children's garden. What a wonderful place to spend the day. The variety of the displays would be very entertaining to any child and a great way to expend alot of energy. We would be members if we were local and plan to return when we are anywhere near to see how their gardens grow!

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