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 – Programs & Videos

Check back next season for more fun in the Idea Garden.  This year we learned so much and had a blast with the hundreds of visitors that came to be inspired by some great ideas! Looking for a fun project while at home?  How about sprucing up some of those boring clay pots.

Take a Walk through the Idea Garden

Ever thought about topiaries for your garden? Take this virtual walk through the Idea Garden to visit Irma the Alligator and her flamingo friends, see the new sea creatures and learn how to make them.  You’ll find out about growing roses and vegetables in Florida, making Tillandsia strings, growing and using herbs, and a vertical wall. 

We hope you’ll be inspired to visit the Idea Garden in person.

Idea Garden Scrapbook

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

Check out these cool videos!

reflections from the garden

IDEA GARDEN WATER FEATURES TAKES SHAPE

IDEA GARDEN WATER FEATURES TAKES SHAPE

The construction of our exciting new water feature, designed to show visitors the many benefits of adding water to their home gardens.   These photos show the water feature starting to take shape.   Be among the first to see the finished product...

POP-UP PROGRAMS WILL SOON BE BACK

POP-UP PROGRAMS WILL SOON BE BACK

Watch the schedule on this page to learn about upcoming Pop-up programs.  We’ll be putting this year’s schedule together soon.

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.

DECORATE WITH ORCHIDS

DECORATE WITH ORCHIDS

If you want to adorn your landscape or lanai with orchids, here is how it is done.

MEMBER POTS

MEMBER POTS

Naples Garden Club members periodically “loan” their own pots to the Idea Garden. These pots display many types of easy-care plants that you could use to create your own beautiful pots!

Idea Garden Update

Idea Garden Update

Things are moving fast in the NGC Idea Garden! We recently lost a beautiful lychee nut tree to disease, but are replacing it with a water feature designed to inspire.   Watch as the design becomes reality!

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...