Lakes Regional Park to Host National Public Garden Day on Friday, May 6

On Friday, May 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) Lakes Regional Park will be hosting a variety of activities in the Park’s gardens in celebration of National Public Gardens Day.

Lakes Park will be joining 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.

There will be tours of the Botanic Garden including the Community Garden, the Fragrance Garden, the Rose Garden, Succulent Garden and Water Garden at 8:30 and 9:30 am .Tea and cookies will be served in the Community Garden. Educational tables will have information available on various garden related topics.

The following is a schedule of educational programs and book signings
8:30am Adrienne Diaz, “Grow a Ton From Your Garden”
9:00am Wesley Higgins, American Orchid Society, “Phalaenopsis Culture” (book signing)
10:00am Gary Murza, Southwest Florida Orchid Society, “How to Mount your Orchids”
10:00am Karen Harty, “Companion Planting”
11:00am Adrienne Diaz, “Wow, It’s Really Hot, What Do I Grow for the Summer”
11:00am Charles Sobczak, “Meet Your Neighbors – The Amazing Flora and Fauna of SW Fl “(book signing)

Lowes will be participating and handing out free garden gloves to the first 50 people who visit their booth.

“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 including an expansion of the Botanic Garden at Lakes Park. 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.

For event information, contact Barbara Manzo at (239) 229-0387.  For information on the Foundation, to make a donation, become a member or a volunteer visit,  For information about Lee County Parks and Recreation, visit or call  (239) 533-7275.

Free Parking voucher is available by clicking on the “Parking Pass” icon.  Lakes Regional Park is located on Gladiolus Drive just west of U.S. Route 41.