Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Naples Botanical Garden

French Basketeer baskets & totes are now going to be available at the Naples Botanical Garden; with the addition of Florida, our products are now carried in 18 states nationwide. I've lost count of how many states we have shipped to for retail purchases, but it's more than 18! Thank you to clients this week: Terri in NY and one of my favorite repeat clients, Nancy in WI...
Anyway, the Naples Botanical Garden is 170 acres of world-class gardens among a series of lakes and lagoons. It was started in 1993 and has been under additional renovation; my photo for this post is obviously during the construction stage as it's under "Garden History" on their site, but I love the allee of giant palms. They have seven ecosystems and 300 species of native plants.
The nice thing about constructing a new botanical garden is that you aren't burdened by the legacy infrastructure....so the Garden has created all of its buildings according to LEED certification standards. I think they said the plan for the certification was 50 pages, so this has been a lot of work! It also includes a goal of 50% reduction in irrigation through rainwater collection, plant selection and "efficient practices." You can read more about the specs here: http://www.naplesgarden.org/greengarden.html
Thank you to the Botanical Garden for the order...I'm looking forward to getting feedback on sales....

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