Hidden gem: Naples Botanical Garden

Visiting gardens is one of my favorite things to do wherever I go, and this weekend I went to the Naples Botanical Garden.

Now I know that a lot of people know this park. But I call it a “hidden gem” because I don’t know many people who have gone before. In fact, sometimes I forget about it myself. I backed off I-75 about 10 miles away. When you enter the garden, you are transported to a zen oasis of beauty.

Through September 30, for SWFL residents, admission is half price

When I heard about the local summer discount, I knew I had to take advantage of it. But the reason I decided to go yesterday in particular was because it was the last day for Frida and her garden. I have always been fascinated by the story of Frida Kahlo and her art. This exhibition was very beautiful, taking you into her garden at her home in Coyoacán, Mexico City. Likewise, throughout the park there were animals painted in folk art representing the works of Frida Kahlo.

Some pictures of Frida and her garden:

If you’re a photography enthusiast, looking for a place to relax or get some exercise, the Naples Botanical Garden is a great place for all of that.

There are many different areas you can explore, such as the Brazilian Garden, Caribbean Garden, Succulent Garden, Orchid Garden, and Asian Garden to name a few. To see some art and get into the air conditioning for a while, there is usually an art gallery in Kapnik Hall.

Finally, for more information about the Naples Botanical Garden and planning your visit, click here

More photos from the Naples Botanical Garden:

Florida has one of the most beautiful locations for fall colors in America

The fall season is a glorious time in America. From coast to coast, many different areas offer beautiful fall colors of bright reds, oranges and yellows. So what are the most beautiful places for fall colors in America?

Fall foliage season varies depending on where you are. Some areas of the United States see fall colors as early as September, while others reach their peak later, such as in October or even November. In general, areas with longer winters will have earlier fall colors, and areas with longer summers will have later fall colors. Most of America reaches peak fall foliage season in October. Of course, the regions bordering Canada will be the first to see these colors.

If you’re wondering about the science behind fall colors, the color that leaves become depends on several factors. These conditions include chlorophyll and weather conditions during the summer or fall. Chlorophyll is the pigment that helps give leaves their color. In general, larger than normal changes in precipitation, whether heavy or insufficient, can affect the fall foliage season.

I also remember that last year, the bright colors in my area fell from the trees early. The reason was a wind storm, and the leaves fell prematurely. I was very upset about this, because not only do I love seeing beautiful fall colors, I also love painting fall colors. So, my muse is gone.

However, if you’re in the mood to see fall colors this year, here are some great places to do so. Read on for 10 beautiful places in America for fall colors. What are your favorite areas to see fall foliage? Connect with me on social media here and let me know.

Florida has one of the most beautiful regions in America for fall colors

Maria was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, beaches, checking out new restaurants, and is always planning her next vacation. Follow her on Instagram @marija127

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