If you’ve never been to Naples Botanical Garden, I have one word for you: go!
I was introduced to this amazing facility almost two years ago when FGCU’s Kapnick Education and Research Center at the Garden’s campus was slated to get a solar electric system installed. Fafco Solar was fortunate enough to win the job, and we subsequently installed 164 solar panels in a 40kW Photovoltaic System.
The same sun that powers the building powers the biological process that make the Naples Botanical Garden amazing. I didn’t visit the Gardens proper during the solar installation, but I recently took my wife for a day of exploration in Naples that included a Garden tour. We were blown away by this hidden gem in our back yard!
We were treated to everything from familiar Florida native flora to beautiful Caribbean gardens and gorgeous unique plants and trees from Asia and South America. The Garden focuses on tropical species from the northern and southern hemispheres. My favorite exhibits were the stunning water lily ponds and the native Florida education areas, especially the tool shed and patio setup. There were brilliant flowers, lush plants, and unique trees like the Rainbow Eucalyptus.
At 170 acres, the Naples Botanical Garden can take some time to explore. It’s a great place to take kids, with wet and dry play areas for all ages. The butterfly garden and treehouse areas are perfect to keep the little ones entertained. The Garden Cafe has a variety of snacks and drinks.
If you find yourself in Naples, be sure to check out the Naples Botanical Garden and on your way out of the gift shop, glance to your left to see one of Naples’ largest roof mounted solar energy systems!