Fulfilling The Vision – The Everglades Wonder Garden’s Future
In 2014, the Everglades Wonder Gardens was about to cease operations when concerned community leaders and the Bonita Springs City Council agreed to a public-private partnership to save the landmark from commercial development. They realized its value to the community was much more than a roadside attraction built in 1936.
The Everglades Wonder Gardens is a multifaceted gem – an environmental education center, an anchor site in Bonita Springs’ downtown redevelopment. The gardens are also a historic reminder of the vast, rich, natural resources that Southwest Florida has to offer. So the community leaders organized Bonita Wonder Gardens (BWG) as a not-for-profit, gift-supported corporation.
The vision is of a place where adults and children can learn to appreciate the value of the environment, the Everglades and the critical impact of nature on our lives in Southwest Florida.
We are creating a unique environmental educational resource for Southwest Florida citizens and its visitors. Fulfillment of our vision includes repaying the city the $3.5 million it loaned BWG to “Save the Wonder” and investing another $1.5 million in essential restoration and new construction to rebuild and renovate the 3 ½ acre site, including its extensive collection of plants and wildlife and to preserve this historical treasure for future generations.