The Lakes Park Botanic Garden is a place everyone in southwest Florida can enjoy. The Botanic Garden at Lakes Park encompasses 18 acres within the park and presents a new opportunity for creative exploration, a destination for those who seek inspiration, and a place to simply appreciate what comes naturally. We hope that our garden can provide an opportunity for classroom trips, family outings, or just provide a calm place to think and enjoy nature. Lakes Park Botanic Garden includes a variety of gardens such as the succulent collection, ginger garden, the butterfly garden, heritage rose garden, vertical garden, water garden, bromeliad garden and wedding gazebo.
To donate your chosen amount to the Botanic Garden, select the donate button below!
Children's Discovery Garden
An exciting second addition to the long-established gardens is the main thrust currently of the Foundation
The Vision is the creation of a garden where families gain a sense of exploration and discovery through interaction with plants and participate in gardening experiences. To this end we will develop a garden which will enrich each child’s sensory appreciation of plants and understanding of how life is woven in a web of interdependence.
The garden is a work in progress and the first phase of the infrastructure is the installation of the sidewalks through the garden area. Lee County Parks & Recreation is generously funding this phase. Fundraising is underway for the design and construction of the discovery exhibits. A recent “Grow the Garden” event raised over $8,000 and more events are being planned. We welcome community support and the opportunity to name a garden for generous garden benefactors.
Looking for a fun activity for your little one? While enjoying Lakes Park, stop by the garden for Story Time in the Garden, which is an opportunity for 3-5 year old children to experience the Botanic Garden and listen to a story! Click here to contact us for information.
Patrons of Lakes Park, including Community Gardeners, are required to pay for parking. Currently, parking fees are:
$1 Per Hour
$5 Per Day
Or $60 for an Annual Pass
A Place for Locals to Grow Their Own
The Community Garden of Lakes Park is an opportunity for citizens to rent garden beds to cultivate produce or flowering species. This progressive concept is an effort to revive the practice of growing produce and planting close to home. Lee County residents can rent one of the 4′ x 8 ‘ raised beds for just $60 per year. We also offer classes taught by extension personnel and local growers each month! The Community Garden is a more efficient method of sharing excess produce which is donated to a local food bank. Visit the garden or click here to contact us for information!
We're bringing growing back!
All of the proceeds for the $60 annual Community Garden rental will benefit Lakes Park! Bed rentals are available to all “Local-Vores”, a.k.a. community citizens wishing to cultivate produce or flowering species within the Community Garden of Lakes Park. We want to revive the practice of growing produce and planting close to home to encourage healthy eating and natural lifestyles.
There is currently a wait list for reservations for space at the Lakes Park Community Garden. To be placed on the waiting list, contact us.