The Making of a New Botanical Garden
Tour the Naples Botanical Garden with Ellin Goetz FASLA whose firm Goetz+Stropes was the principal designers of the 170-acre facility accompanied by key garden senior staff. Planned only ten years ago with phased construction beginning in 2008, the Naples Botanical Garden is the youngest garden ever to receive the coveted American Public Gardens Association’s prestigious Award for Garden Excellence in 2017. Today the Garden welcomes over 220,000 visitors per year to experience themed gardens that represent the culture and flora of the tropics. Learn how this fascinating contemporary garden became such a popular destination through the eyes of the landscape architect who will share some of the joys and many challenges of working with such a complex public place.
Bonita Springs, FL
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learn how the Naples Botanical Garden was designed and constructed on 170 acres of land only ten years ago, as a public place for people to experience the South Florida environment; See how innovative storm water management techniques were incorporated into the site design by the landscape architect in collaboration with site civil engineers; Learn lessons from Hurricane Irma’s effect on the garden’s landscape in 2017; Experience the importance of a Children’s Garden to the business model of a botanical garden and learn about the creative process behind the built play elements; See LEED principles in action in both building and site elements
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