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Scenes from the Botanic Garden – May 2020

Scenes from the Botanic Garden - May 2020 Food-growing season winds down, but our Garden Ambassador volunteers continue to work hard on  making the Botanic Garden a beautiful oasis. Community Garden Happenings Nancy Sanders from the Community Garden leadership team reports: "Many gardeners are closing up and getting ready for the hot summer. Some "Green [...]

By |2020-06-11T16:41:25-04:00June 11th, 2020|Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Children's Garden, Community Garden, Fragrance Garden, Volunteers|Comments Off on Scenes from the Botanic Garden – May 2020

What’s New in Lakes Park – April 2020

What's New in Lakes Park - April 2020   After a brief period of closure to facilitate social distancing, Lee County re-opened Lakes Park on April 29th. New concrete repair/replacement While the park was closed in April, Parks & Recreation took the opportunity to make some repairs. Concrete was replaced at the splash [...]

By |2020-05-09T16:52:47-04:00May 9th, 2020|Birding, Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Fragrance Garden, Parks & Rec, Wildlife|Comments Off on What’s New in Lakes Park – April 2020

What’s Bloomin’ Wednesday – April 15th Edition!

What's Bloomin' Wednesday - April 15th Edition! Lakes Park is still closed per the state-wide" "Stay At Home" order, so we are taking a virtual stroll in the Fragrance Garden today - come with us and and check out what's bloomin' (If you are interested in donating to the Fragrance Garden, scroll to the end for [...]

By |2020-04-15T12:22:56-04:00April 15th, 2020|Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Fragrance Garden, What's Bloomin' Wednesday|Comments Off on What’s Bloomin’ Wednesday – April 15th Edition!

What’s New In Lakes Park, March 2020

What's New In Lakes Park March 2020 Wildlife Updates Photo courtesy Janet Kirk Early in February, the birding community was all abuzz with news of snail kites (Rostrhamus sociabilis) visiting the park. These raptors are aptly named, since they feed mostly on apple snails. More on snail kites from FWC: CLICK ME  [...]

By |2020-03-27T17:36:07-04:00March 26th, 2020|Bird Patrol, Birding, Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Children's Garden, Donations, Parks & Rec, Volunteers, Wildlife|Comments Off on What’s New In Lakes Park, March 2020

Staghorn fern – What’s Bloomin’ Wednesday

Staghorn fern at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers, FL - Photo by Ann Krull, Lee County Volunteer What's Bloomin' Wednesday! for March 4th, 2020 The staghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) is an impressive plant. They are tropical epiphytes - that means they grow on another plant, but they are not parasitic. Other examples [...]

By |2020-03-20T10:41:20-04:00March 3rd, 2020|Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Plant life, What's Bloomin' Wednesday|Comments Off on Staghorn fern – What’s Bloomin’ Wednesday

Starburst Clerodendrum – What’s Bloomin’ Wednesday

Starburst Clerodendrum - What's Bloomin' Wednesday Starburst Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum quadriloculare) grows in the Lakes Park Botanic Garden. However, it hails from the Philippines and New Guinea. It is therefore well-suited to our climate here in Southwest Florida. It is a fast-growing member of the mint family ((Lamiaceae). It's a nectaring favorite among both hummingbirds and [...]

By |2020-03-20T10:41:20-04:00February 25th, 2020|Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Plant life, What's Bloomin' Wednesday|Comments Off on Starburst Clerodendrum – What’s Bloomin’ Wednesday

What’s New Around the Park, January 2020

What's New Around The Park, January 2020 The new year has brought a renewed wave of activity to the gardens at Lakes Park. We are very gratedful to have such gifted and passionate volunteers working to keep the gardens beautiful. A chilly day for planting! Shane has donated a banana leaf fig tree and a [...]

By |2020-03-20T10:41:21-04:00January 29th, 2020|Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Volunteers|Comments Off on What’s New Around the Park, January 2020

Fun with the Lakes Park Garden Ambassadors

Fun with the Lakes Park Garden Ambassadors Thanksgiving Day Thursdays are work days in the Lakes Park Botanic Garden. Our Lakes Park Ambassadors didn't let a little thing like Thanksgiving stop them from showing up for duty! Here are Jane, Kathy, and Jeanette, for whom we are truly thankful!   Lakes Park Ambassador [...]

By |2020-03-20T10:41:21-04:00December 23rd, 2019|Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Volunteers|Comments Off on Fun with the Lakes Park Garden Ambassadors

Volunteers in the Gardens & Beyond – Fall 2019

Volunteers in the Gardens & Beyond - Fall 2019 It's time to feature our Garden Ambassadors, aka volunteers in the gardens. The Foundation's main focus each autumn is the Fall Festival and our contribution to it - Scarecrows in the Park. But beyond the Scarecrows fundraising effort lies a world of volunteer activity that is [...]

By |2020-03-20T10:41:21-04:00November 26th, 2019|Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Children's Garden, Community Garden, Fragrance Garden, Lakes Park Farmer's Market, Rose Garden, Volunteers|Comments Off on Volunteers in the Gardens & Beyond – Fall 2019

Volunteer Opportunity: Botanic Garden Tour Guide Trainees

Photo by Bill Price Volunteer Opportunity: Botanic Garden Tour Guide Trainees Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 - The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation seeks volunteer Botanic Garden Tour Guide Trainees. Learn to lead tours once a month during tourist season (October through April) and during special events in Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers Florida. DESCRIPTION [...]

By |2020-03-20T10:41:21-04:00November 5th, 2019|Blog Post, Botanic Gardens, Tours, Volunteers|Comments Off on Volunteer Opportunity: Botanic Garden Tour Guide Trainees

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