Welcome to the 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.
The House & Garden Tour showcases Naples homes and gardens, displays the creative floral talents of Naples Garden Club members, and enables us to support our commitment to scholarships and community projects. In 2016, the Tour will be held on Saturday, February 6. Patron tickets are $225 and will be available for sale on-line beginning on November 16, 2015. General admission tickets are $125 and may be ordered on-line beginning December 1 2015. For more details, see the Home & Garden Tour section of this webpage.
Proceeds from the 2014 House & Garden Tour funded these projects:
- Avalon School’s Global Garden
- Installation of a therapeutic healing garden at the Immokalee site of the David Lawrence Center
- Material and plantings for a therapy garden at the Naples Senior Center, a program of JFCS
- Scholarships for four Avalon School students to Camp Wekiva in Apopka, Florida
- Two internships at ECHO
- Florida Gulf Coast University Endowed Fellowships
The Naples Flower Show is the largest juried flower show in Southwest Florida. In 2016, it will be held on March 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will feature spectacular floral designs, exotic plants, educational displays, interactive demonstrations, live entertainment and garden-related shopping in the beautiful setting of the Naples Botanical Garden. For more details, please see the Naples Flower Show tab on this webpage. This year’s theme is Topicolor, featuring exciting displays of colorful designs with interesting components and the ever-popular horticulture extravaganza! An added bonus to this year’s Naples Flower Show will be the return of the Lego Exhibit to the Naples Botanical Garden. The Exhibit and the Flower Show are both included in the price of admission. Come out and share in a wonderful day for the whole family.
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.