Naples Botanical Garden will reopen Thursday, October 23, 2014 and debut the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During summer closure large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, Irma’s Garden and Kathryn’s Garden are being completed. These new gardens are designed by renowned Landscape architect Raymond Jungles and are adjacent to the new Visitor Center.
The Garden was awarded a $500,000 grant from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, in support of the construction of the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. The Garden’s grant submission ranked number one in the State’s competitive grant application process. This grant, along with several other significant campaign contributions, allowed general contractor Manhattan Construction to break ground in early August 2013 on the $15 million project.
The 25,000 square foot Chabraja Visitor Center has been designed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Standards by award-winning Lake|Flato Architects from San Antonio, Texas. This center will serve to increase the number and variety of lectures, exhibits, events, and educational symposiums at Naples Botanical Garden along with enhanced café, ticketing and retail space. Fogg Café located in the new visitor center will be operated by Lurçat Catering, part of the D’Amico & Partners brand, who will also handle catering for special events.
Guests may obtain up to date construction information prior to opening via the Garden’s website, www.naplesgarden.org, including project timelines, photographs and videos. The Garden will reopen Thursday, October 23 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Regular Garden hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays) begin the following day.
About Naples Botanical Garden
For more information on Naples Botanical Garden, please contact Kara Laufer at 239-643-7275 or KLaufer@naplesgarden.org
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. Naples Botanical Garden is closed for construction June 2 – October 22, 2014 for construction of the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. The Garden will reopen Thursday, October 23 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Regular Garden hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays) begin the following day.