JOIN US IN THE IDEA GARDEN! 

The NGC’s Idea Garden at Naples Botanical Garden was created in 2010 as a place to inspire and encourage visitors to grow plants, flowers and vegetables in unusual and creative ways.

Visit today and get inspired!

Ideas À LA CART – Program Schedule

Each Pop-up class in the Idea Garden lasts 15 – 20 minutes and start running from 10:30 AM to Noon.  These wonderful presentations are FREE with your entrance at the Naples Botanical Garden.

DATE PROGRAM PRESENTER
February 26, 2020 Orchids 101– Part 2 Kris Morton
March 4, 2020 Living Walls for your Home Sandy Lasch
March 11, 2020 Creativity with Clay, Pots that is! Connie Willson
March 20, 2020 Home Grown Table Designs Linda LaRue Brown, Sandy Lasch
April 8, 2020 Foliage with Flair — Leaf Manipulation Mercy Abrams

What’s New In the Idea Garden

 

Ever thought about topiaries for your garden? Then you need to visit Irma the alligator and her sparkling flamingo friends, who enjoyed a relaxing summer break and are back in the Idea Garden with fresh new looks. Decorative pots and column baskets brimming with fall foliage enhance their domains. Visit today and get inspired.

Idea Garden Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Idea Garden?

The NGC’s Idea Garden at Naples Botanical Garden was created in 2010 as a place to inspire and encourage visitors to grow plants, flowers and vegetables in unusual and creative ways.

Where is it located?

Adjacent to the newly renovated Scott Florida Garden.

What have been some of the ideas?

Succulent Topiaries
Column Planter Baskets
Living Walls
Patio Ponds
Pizza and Cocktail Gardens
Espaliered Fruit Trees
Planting Ideas for Garden Pots

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?

Pop Up Educational Programs via NGC’s Idea Garden á la Cart presented on a weekly basis.
NGC Member Ambassadors in the Garden
Creative plantings in baskets, pots and on topiaries

How many people have visited?

Thousands of people have visited, asked questions and been inspired

BEHIND THE CART

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More Idea Garden News

THE POP UP PROGRAM IS BACK

THE POP UP PROGRAM IS BACK

On December 4th, Mary Pulick presented ‘Beauty That Lasts, How to Preserve Flowers’. This was the first of the Ideas a’ la Cart presentations. See the schedule on this page for the rest of the exciting events! They will be on most Wednesday.

BORDER COLUMN BASKETS ALA’ PAMELA CRAWFORD

BORDER COLUMN BASKETS ALA’ PAMELA CRAWFORD

Would you love color and texture along a garden path, sidewalk or patio edge? Stop in the Idea Garden to see what kinds of things we have planted in these unique border column baskets that are space saving and easy care.

IN THE IDEA GARDEN

IN THE IDEA GARDEN

There are many things happening in the Idea Garden. Currently NGC members are displaying combination pots that display many types of easy care plants. Come on out to see them and maybe even take home some ideas home!

In the Idea Garden

In the Idea Garden

Just in Time for Naples Flower Show Be sure to check out the Idea Garden’s exciting new water feature installation-- Irma the succulent gator now has a “pond” to hide in. Irma and her Flamingo friends’ habitat is also dressed up with new colorful plantings. ...

Idea Garden Series Growing Popular

Idea Garden Series Growing Popular

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...

Idea Garden Update

Idea Garden Update

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...

Succulent Ornaments

Succulent Ornaments

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...