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Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation to Host National Public Garden Day Friday, May 12


On Friday, May 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation will host a variety of activities at Lakes Regional Park’s botanic gardens in celebration of National Public Gardens Day.
Lakes Park will join over 500 public gardens in the nationwide celebration. The public is urged to come and see the beauty of the gardens as well as participate in activities.
Activities are scheduled throughout the morning for both adults and children. Tours of the Botanic Gardens will be offered throughout the morning beginning at 8:00am, including the Community Garden, the Fragrance Garden, the Rose Garden, Succulent Garden and Water Garden. Refreshments will be available in the Community Garden. A special Community Garden tour will be offered by Lee County Extension Director, Dr. Fitzroy (Roy) Beckford. Educational talks will be presented in the Railroad Museum. Kids’ activities will be presented in the Children’s Garden, as well as opportunities to purchase engraved bricks. A representative from Conservation 20/20, Lee County’s environmentally sensitive land acquisition and management program, will also be on hand, providing information about the native plants and wildflowers supported by the Conservation 20/20 preserves.
Educational programs are scheduled as follows:
8:00am Garden tours begin
8:30am Adrienne Diaz, “Gardening in SWFL – Growing Veggies”
9:00am Wesley Higgins, “Everglades Conservation” – Railroad Museum
9:00am Plant watering activity – Children’s Garden
9:30am Pre-schoolers StoryTime, followed by seed planting activity – Children’s Garden
9:30am Adrienne Diaz, “Gardening in SWFL – Growing Herbs”
10:00am Charles Sobczak, “The Changing Face of Nature” – Railroad Museum
10:30am Adrienne Diaz, “Gardening in SWFL – Bug ID”
11:00am Mayer Berg, Riverland Nursery, “Choosing Florida Friendly Plants” – Railroad Museum

“The purpose of this event is to give the public a view of the present gardens as well as the future plans for a Children’s Garden.,” said Wesley Higgins, Chairman of the Botanic Garden Committee. “It also emphasizes the importance of plants in our daily lives.”
The event is being sponsored locally by the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit organization that enriches the park with many projects, the latest of which is the planning and construction of a Children’s Garden. The foundation’s main focus is to assist Lee County Parks & Recreation by enhancing the park’s environmental aesthetics, wildlife habitat and recreational amenities for the community to enjoy.