Get down to South Florida’s roots at the Collier County Museum’s
Native Plant Garden.
The garden was established in 1990 as a living memorial and tribute to pioneer
environmentalist, Dr. Frank Cooper Craighead, Sr., a leading authority on Florida’s
native plants and the state’s official “Scholar of the Everglades”.
Development of the Craighead Garden was underwritten by the Friends of the
Collier County Museum with donations from local nurserymen, plant collectors
and home gardeners, and through grants from the Charles Englehard Foundation,
the Reader’s Digest Foundation, the Naples Garden Club, Naples Native
Plant Society, and the South Florida Water Management District.
Today, this unique teaching garden contains a collection of more than 160
species of tree and plant communities native to Southwest Florida and attracts
an ever-increasing number of birds and other wildlife. Educational programs
focus on the importance of protecting native plants in Florida’s horticulture
and how the indigenous peoples of Southwest Florida – and later European
settlers – made use of native plants in their daily lives.
Whatever the season, the Museum’s Craighead Garden is a delightful getaway
where Florida’s wealth of natural beauty and history meet you at every
3301 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, Florida 34112
Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat. 9am – 4pm
Closed on National & County Holidays