Ideas à la cart – Pop-Up Programs in the Idea Garden
The NGC Idea Garden started off the new year with the second in its series of “Ideas a la Cart” programs. On January 10, Julie Peterson and her team (Mary Raymond, Mary Lynn Pololak, Mary Schmidek, Tammy Schwab and Christine Sinclair) presented the wonderful succulent program, “Creative Coastal Designs”. Available seats were filled to capacity for both the 11:30 and 1:30 p.m. presentations. Julie explained how easy it is to … Continue reading →
Things are moving fast in the NGC Idea Garden! Irma the Gator’s Everglades Environment is heading towards completion. An intrepid team of club members with trowels and shovels in hand headed into the Idea Garden just before Christmas to settle into place a large variety of mostly native plants generously supplied by NBG. There will be some exciting and colorful additions coming soon but you might want to see what … Continue reading →
The first Ideas a la Cart pop-up program was held on December 13, 2017 in the Naples Botanical Garden. Sandy Lasch and her team, Lynne Duncan, Fran Lockwood and Kathy Hume showed quick and easy ways to decorate simple holiday ornaments with small succulents. These ornaments make great hostess gifts or decorative add-ons to gifts for family & friends. A few lucky participants even walked away with with an ornament … Continue reading →
About the Idea Garden and frequently asked questions
- What is an Idea Garden?
The NGC’s Idea Garden at Naples Botanical Garden was created as a place to encourage the home gardener/patio gardener to grow vegetables and flowers in unusual ways
- Where is it located?
Adjacent to the newly renovated Scott Florida Garden at Naples Botanical Garden
- When was it installed?
- How big is it?
Just over 6000 sq. ft.
- How many people have visited?
Thousands of people have visited, asked questions and been inspired
- What have been some of the Ideas?
Pizza and Cocktail Gardens
Espaliered fruit trees
Planting ideas for garden pots
‘Kokedamas’, Japanese Bonsai Moss Balls
- Why is NGC involved?
Because we are a community-oriented organization that fosters appreciation and understanding of horticulture as part of our mission. We partner with NBG in mutually beneficial ways to provide opportunities for learning and sharing.
- What is NGC’s current project:
A 4’ alligator planted with succulents that will rest alongside a pebble & glass ‘Everglades pond’ (see gallery to the right)
A garden chair planted with succulents also using the Moss and Glue method
- What is planned for the future?
Seasonal special installations to showcase creative planting ideas and unusual plants
Pop Up Educational Programs via NGC’s Idea Garden á la Cart
NGC Member Interpreters in the garden