The Naples Botanical Gardens are located on a 90-acre natural preserve in South Naples. Every inch is meticulously cared for and the result is a stunning display of regional gardens, ponds, walking paths, play areas, relaxation huts and (my favorite) a butterfly house. Walking around these gardens reminded me a little of Epcot. This may seem a bit strange to you, but growing up in Central Florida, Disney was a part of our culture. I always loved walking “around the world” at Epcot, looking at the different architecture, listening to the different music and sampling different foods in each country.
These gardens were like the plant-world version of Epcot for me because they are divided into different world regions, each with native plants, trees and architecture. The Central and South American gardens offered beautiful palms and banana trees. The Asian gardens offered orchids, lotus flowers and coy ponds. The Florida gardens offered different grasses and a lake complete with sunning alligators. There was also a special area designed for children (which I ended up loving) containing a butterfly house and edible herb gardens stocked with mint, teas, rosemary, thyme, lavender and more!
We spent hours in the hot Florida sun meandering through 2 ½ miles of walking trails and took way too many pictures. I was so inspired from this trip and upon arriving home, I quickly began creating new at-home spa recipes….I will post two of them in a bit!