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 run from 10:30 AM to Noon.  These wonderful presentationas are FREE with your entrance at the Naples Botanical Garden.

December 11, 2019 Tillandsias (Air Plants): Florida’s Wonder Plants Mary Pulick
December 18, 2019 Tables for Two Kathleen Hawryluk
January 8, 2020 Orchids Everywhere! Mounting Orchids Susan Kinkead
January 15, 2020 Planting the Florida Way Sudie Minamyer
January 22, 2020 Butterfly Friendly Small Space Gardens D Clark
January 29, 2020 Floral Design 101 Mary Raymond
February 5, 2020 Layering – Propagation out of Thin Air Ron Schlick
February 12, 2020 DIY Valentine’s Flowers – Fresh Flowers in Repurposed Recyclables D Clark
February 19, 2020 Orchids 101– Part 1 Kris Morton

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


Check out these cool videos!

More Idea Garden News

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...