Naples Botanical Gardens, a Lovely Surprise!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass."
        -Marjory Stoneman Douglas, from Everglades: River of Grass

Mixed reviews on this second full day of the program! After a nice breakfast of stuffed French toast and fruit with our Orlando friends, we had bird lecture part 2, more on changes to the Everglades and how birds have been affected. John like part 1 better but I preferred part 2.

Late morning we were on the road to Collier County Museum and found it right away! One thinks at a museum, one will see exhibits but alas! a lecture on People of the Everglades left NO time to explore! I am fairly well-versed in Florida history and have read a lot about the Everglades so I learned very little from this talk and even caught a mistake or two. Not a highlight of the day, by any means!

Next stop was Naples Botanical Garden. When we had seen this on the itinerary we thought it would be "ho hum" but it turned out to be "wow ee"! We had a lovely picnic lunch there with souvenir cloth lunch bags even. Our docent, Brenda, was very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy showing us around the gardens.  It is a truly amazing place---5 sections and we only had time to tour 2 of them---Asia and Brazil. I purchased a necklace in the gift shop but still no post card stamps available!

The last two places on the day's agenda were several miles away---Everglades City. We visited the Museum of the Everglades, a very small museum but quite interesting. I found a short biography of Marjory Stoneman Douglas that I had not seen before. I am a big fan of Ms. Douglas, sometimes known as the "Grandmother of the Glades" for her efforts to preserve and restore them. 

We ended our outing with a very good dinner at the nearby Oyster House.
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