Garden Side Chickee Chats

This annual winter lecture series features local experts who showcase a variety of topics related to our history. Past topics include a history of swamp buggies, art in Naples, waterfronts of Naples, and southern-style bluegrass.

Chairs provided, but bring your sun hats and sun glasses! Members are FREE!
Non-members $8.00. Reservations are required. 



Friday, January 27, 2017
11am - 12pm
Meet John Brady, a wildlife photographer and philanthropist who will take you on a journey 80 years into the past where you'll be introduced to the Piper brothers and their magical garden vision. Discover why the Everglades Wonder Gardens added reptiles, what inspired their growth, and how the story of the Everglades continues to be told today. You'll also find out how the garden gained its historic property designation.



Friday, February 24, 2017
11am - 12pm
Keeping Your Pets Safe from Harmful Plants & Pests
Before you let your pet roam leash free, you'll want to hear long-time local veterinarian John Lanier, D.V.M. discuss which plants and outdoor pests pose a risk to your pet. He'll also share insight on why some dogs eat grass and which breeds are more prone to get allergies. From pesticides and fertilizers to cane toads and fire ants, Dr. Lanier will tell you what to do to keep your pet safe outdoors.




Friday, March 31, 2017
11am - 12pm
The First Natives to Our Shore: The History and Importance of Native Shoreline Plants
Meet Glen Stacell, biologist and co-author of "A Guide to Native Wildflowers of SW Florida," and find out which flowers, plants and shoreline vegetation are good, bad or essential to our beaches.


Jeff Lytle in February 2015



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