About Naples Garden Club
When thirty forward-looking men and women formed Naples Garden Club more than sixty years ago, Naples was a sleepy community of less than 2000 people. The first bank had opened only five years earlier, Everglades City was still the county seat, and a hospital was in the works but not yet in operation. The fledging Club focused its efforts on educating members about horticulture and conservation and began raising funds to help beautify the growing community. Since then, money raised by Naples Garden Club has supported the preservation, protection and beautification of almost all publicly used institutions in Naples. To help accomplish its goals, the founding group established both the House & Garden Tour and the Naples Flower Show in 1955. At first held in tandem, these iconic events were eventually separated and their tradition continues today. The Naples Flower Show, now a joint venture with Naples Botanical Garden, remains the major focus of the Garden Club’s educational programming, and the perennially sold-out House & Garden Tour prevails as its primary fundraiser. In addition, from November through April, the Club hosts numerous field trips and workshops for members that focus on floral design, photography, horticulture and the environment. Monthly meetings, which are open to the public, feature notable local and national speakers on similar topics CLICK HERE to see a list of upcoming meetings and to register.
Since its founding in 1953, Naples Garden Club continues as a dynamic group involved in the betterment of the community while providing opportunities for members and the public to learn and share knowledge of the plant world.
Naples Garden Club House Tour Results in Significant Grants
Naples Garden Club awarded $93,000 in grants and scholarships at its April 2016 meeting. The Club raises funds from its annual House & Garden Tour fundraising event, which is conducted each February.
- Naples Botanical Garden received $15,000 to support three summer interns
- Naples Botanical Garden received $15,000 for Naples Botanical Staff to attend the American Public Gardens Association’s 2016 National Conference in Miami.
- Florida Gulf Coast University received $11,000 for scholarships to be awarded to students studying horticulture, environment or conservation.
- ECHO, which is dedicated to reducing hunger worldwide, received $10,000 to sponsor a local Community Garden intern.
Habitat for Humanity received $10,000 for the beautification of its Liberty Landing community in Immokalee.
- JFCS of Southwest Florida’s Naples Senior Center was given $10,000 for senior citizen field trips and garden projects.
- Youth Haven was granted $10,000 to create an “Edible Campus and Learning Garden” for its resident youth who have been abandoned or neglected.
- Friends of Foster Children Forever received $5,000 for internships at Naples Botanical Garden for high school age foster children.
- Naples Zoo received $5,000 to revitalize its Backyard Habitat and Butterfly Garden. Four 2017 summer camp participants from Avalon School in Naples will receive a total of $2,000 to attend Camp Wekiva, a residential nature camp for 3rd through 8th grade youngsters sponsored by The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.