Unique Orchids & Tropical Plants at the Naples Botanical Garden



Naples Botanical Garden is a must-visit if you’re in the area! I love visiting parks and gardens when I travel, and Naples’ garden was one of the most expansive I’ve visited.

My family lives in Fort Myers, FL, and I see a new place every time I visit them. Naples Botanical Garden was the latest place I toured on a recent trip, and I definitely recommend touring the gardens if you get the chance. They have such an amazing variety of plants and flowers and some of the most unique orchids I’ve seen. This is what you need to know to plan your visit to the gardens!

Unique Orchids & Tropical Plants at the Naples Botanical Garden

Info to plan your visit to Naples Botanical Garden

Before showing you all the amazing plants the gardens have to offer, here’s some information to help you plan your visit!

The gardens are currently open with timed ticketing, and masks are encouraged. Most people I saw had masks on, and the gardens are pretty big so you can easily keep your distance.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-14.

The gardens are open 9 am-5 pm daily, with extended hours in the winter so you can see Christmas lights.

Dogs are allowed in the gardens! Dog walking days are Sundays and Tuesdays 9-11 am, and pups need their own tickets.

If you want to bring home some of the incredible plants, including their amazing orchids, there are lots of different plants for sale in the gift shop.

Manmade waterfall at Naples Botanical Gardens

Large orange modern sculpture with reflection in water at Naples Botanical Gardens

Bright red flower with green leaves at Naples Botanical Gardens
Round red clover flower with a bee

Group of flowers with red tips and orange ends

Palm tree with grey spikes covering trunk

Bright pink flower at Naples Botanical Gardens

Tour of the gardens

Naples Botanical Garden is 170 acres, and it was founded in 1993 by plant local enthusiasts. The purpose of the garden is to conserve local flora and to research and share knowledge about the plants. There are lots of educational programs if you’re interested in learning more about the gardens and plants!

If you’re like me and don’t too much about flowers other than thinking they’re pretty, there are some plaques with the plants to give you information. Or you can just walk around and admire all the pretty things and take lots of photos like I did!

I visited in January, and as you can see, the weather was beautiful and there were lots of things in bloom so there doesn’t appear to be a bad time to visit.

Close up of a palm frond

Vines of purple flowers on stone arch walkway at Naples Botanical Gardens

Light purple flower on vine at Naples Botanical Gardens

Group of small purple flowers on a vine

Cactus with small orange and pink flowers at Naples Botanical Gardens

Bright pink roses on a vine against a blue sky at Naples Botanical Gardens

Succulents growing on forms of two flamingoes

Light pink zinnia in field of pink zinnias

Bench in front of Hong Kong orchid tree

Purple Hong Kong orchids growing on a tree

Purple Hong Kong orchids growing on a tree

Small waterfall on stones at the Naples Botanical Gardens

Closeup of large fern leaves

Pink flower with dark petal tips

Tall green cactus against light blue sky

Purple lily pads on a pond at Naples Botanical Gardens

White lily pad flower on a pond at Naples Botanical Gardens

Dark pink lily pad in a large metal tub

Lea Asian Garden

The Lea Asian garden features plants from Southeast Asia, and it’s a peaceful area to walk around or sit and take a break! It has lots of bamboo and fruit like lychee, plus a Thai pavilion in a lotus pool and a Balinese shrine in a water garden, which is a tribute to the goddess of fertility.

Thin curly green leaves

Light green felt plant leaves

Light green palm fronds against a blue sky at Naples Botanical Gardens

Large planter with light blue tiles at Naples Botanical Gardens

White lightbulb flower

This is called a light bulb plant! I thought they were the cutest little flowers

Orange sculpture on island in pond in Asian garden at Naples Botanical Gardens

Small green bananas growing on a tree

There were lots of banana trees in the gardens!

Large green bananas growing on a tree

Pink zinnias growing at Naples Botanical Gardens

Purple lily pad flower in a pond

There are so many ponds throughout the gardens with lily pads! It was cool to see the different varieties and even some turtles resting on the lily pads.

Purple lily centered in a group of lily pads in a pond

Turtle on top of large lily pad

Purple flowers growing in lily pads on a pond

Skinny light pink flower

Yellow plant with white petals

Lagrippe Orchid Garden

You can’t miss seeing the beautiful orchids! They’re some of the most colorful and unique orchids I’ve seen, and they come from all over the world.

Just to give you an idea, a month after I visited the gardens, a bookkeeper in Minnesota I follow on Instagram posted Stories with some photos of orchids, and I instantly recognized that they were from Naples Botanical Garden without knowing the woman had been there! So if you like colorful and unique orchids, you can’t miss the orchid section.

Light pink orchids with dark pink centers at the Naples Botanical Gardens

Purple spotted orchids at Naples Botanical Gardens

Yellow orchids with purple centers

Tiny white orchids with purple centers

These were the tiniest orchids I’ve ever seen!

White orchids with large dark purple spots

Purple spotted orchids at Naples Botanical Gardens

Purple and white orchids with yellow centers

Small bright pink and white orchids

Bright purple orchids at Naples Botanical Gardens

White orchids with purple edges

Dark purple orchids with brown vines

I hope all these photos inspire you to visit Naples Botanical Garden one day! There are so many amazing plants that I couldn’t even begin to photograph them all, so you’ll have to go see them for yourself 🙂

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  1. GWT says:

    I can’t vouch for who has the most beautiful orchids but these certainly are. Stunning place!

  2. Shelbs says:

    This is the most calming post I’ve read all day! lol there are a ton of botanical gardens around the US that we’ve been loving. Adding this one to our list!

  3. These photos are beautiful! I’ve never been to Napes, but my parents live near there, so I’m sure I’ll visit at some point. Saving this for when I do!

  4. Kitti says:

    I love visiting botanical gardens, so I’d love to visit this one one day. I really loved your photos of the different plants and flowers.

  5. Shelley says:

    What a beautiful place. I grew up not far from Naples, so next time I’m in Fla. visiting family, I might head here on a road trip… I haven’t been to Naples in about 15-20 years, so I’d love to see all the new places & ones (like this) I’ve never been to.

  6. Diane says:

    Oooh I LOVE botanical gardens and this one looks gorgeous! And so tropical. It’s definitely going on the list.

  7. Amy says:

    Such beautiful photos! This is a lovely stop 😀

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