The Naples Botanical Garden was recently expanded and renovated. The property now covers 170 acres, including a 90-acre wetland preserve. You can take a casual stroll around the main gardens or hike several trails around lakes and visit a birding tower. There’s also an enclosed butterfly garden, orchid garden, and a restaurant.
Modern architecture creates a striking new entrance and shady boardwalk.
Landscape architect Raymond Jungles of Miami designed the Brazilian garden with a beautiful waterfall that is now the central feature of the gardens. The structure is topped with a colorful mosaic, an ode to famed Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. There are Giant Victoria water lilies, silk floss trees and lots of bromeliads.
The Caribbean garden was my favorite. I can’t wait to go back when this Petrea vine is dripping with purple blooms.
This area has a nice view of the River of Grass, which you can take in from a hammock if you like, or on the porch of a little Caribbean house.
The Asian garden has a 15th century-style Hindu temple, rice paddies, boardwalks over a koi pond, and a nice shady pagoda.
The new garden is beautiful, and as with all gardens, it’s only going to get better with age.
4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112