Stroll with us along a boardwalk through a veritable jungle to see which lush tropical plants would grow well in your own garden. Member Mary Naylor will be our guide, answering our gardening questions and telling us about the nature trail's interesting history. It's located in The Waterfront residential community, just south of the Naples Municipal Airport.The trail was originally a concrete walkway built back in 1989. But broken irrigation pipes and total neglect for over 20 years made walking difficult. Dead plants, overgrown trees, and roots crossing the path made the trail a dangerous liability. In 2011 the community had the foresight to refurbish the nature trail by building a sturdy boardwalk, with new irrigation pipes underneath it.
Mary is a very busy real estate agent, but she accepted the position of being the landscape committee in charge of renewing the community's trail. She devised solutions for each problem, and decided which plants should be added or removed in each area. She and a hired gardener continuously maintain the trail, producing the beautiful results shown in these photographs. The last two photos show how the boardwalk and benches were constructed.
For this event we'll all gather in the outdoor communal kitchen adjoining the community's pool. It's across the street from Mary's condo, located at the address shown above. In the kitchen, garden group leaders Peter and Suzanne will distribute printed name tags for everyone, and membership/discount cards for the members attending their first meeting. We'll get a short history of the nature trail, then proceed to the trailhead for the main event.
After the guided tour along the community's boardwalk, we'll return to the communal kitchen for refreshments and discussions of what we've seen. If you bring along your favorite snacks and drinks, they can be left in the kitchen (it has a fridge) at the start of this event, to be shared with others at the end of the tour. You can also bring along any excess plants you have for the free plant-exchange table, where you can pick up other members' plants to add to your own garden.
To let Mary know if you can or can't attend, submit your intent on line by clicking on the RSVP link near the upper right corner of the screen. If you're inviting any gardeners or nature-loving friends to attend this free event, please add the number when you RSVP.
Because this activity isn't typical of our traditional meetings in members' gardens, it should attract new and additional guests. We'd like to continue expanding the variety of activities we schedule in the future, so please send leaders Peter and Suzanne your suggestions. We look forward to seeing a good crowd on this guided tour on Sunday, October 20.