Everglades Wonder Gardens News

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Bonita Springs Wonder Gardens face massive tree, animal pen damage after Hurricane Irma

Last week, a huge tree canopy sprouted from behind the fences of Bonita Springs Everglades Wonder Gardens. Today, one of the hallmark roadside signs lies in ruins along with much of the attraction’s vegetation.

Wonder Gardens Bloom

Welcome to old Florida and one of the state’s oldest surviving roadside attractions. Near death but saved by a community and city that rallied to the rescue.

Everglades Wonder Gardens: 20 things that make the Bonita Springs attraction special

Everglades Wonder Gardens needs your help naming new peahen

“The goal is not to make more peacocks, but for people to observe animals naturally,” Hecker said. “Whether it is (through) courting or having offspring — that makes the birds more interesting.”

Everglades Wonder Gardens receives historic designation

After more than 80 years as an Old 41 Road landmark, Everglades Wonder Gardens received a historical designation by the Bonita Springs Historic Preservation Board.

The preservation board presented a plaque to the Everglades Wonder Gardens at a ceremony Tuesday.

Everglades Wonder Gardens is getting revamped!

Everglades Wonder Gardens is adding new exhibits and making improvements to the 80-year-old attraction. Amanda Inscore/news-press.com.  Click here to read the full story!

Russel J. Andersen Joins Everglades Wonder Gardens Board of Directors

BONITA SPRINGS (February 1, 2017) – Trish Leonard, President of the Everglades Wonder Gardens, www.evergladeswondergardens.com  announced the recent addition of Russell J. Andersen to the Everglades Wonder Gardens Board of Directors.  Andersen, is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor for Northern Trust in Bonita Springs.

Andersen began his professional career in 1984 as a Trust Associate with Rainier National Bank in Seattle, Washington. He joined Northern Trust in 1999 as a Wealth Consultant.

Andersen will lead the Everglades Wonder Gardens Membership Committee.  “I am honored and excited to come on board with a new not for profit that has fresh ideas, a family friendly atmosphere, as well as a vision for the future for our wildlife, botanicals, education and the environment,” states Andersen.

“We are looking forward to working with Russell.  His financial background and leadership will help us continue to build upon the legacy of the Everglades Wonder Gardens now and into the future,” states Thomas Hecker, Executive Director.

His credentials and affiliations include a B.S. from Washington State University and   FINRA Series 7, Series 63, and Series 66- Registered Investment Advisor, exams.   Andersen is also an Eagle Scout.

The Everglades Wonder Gardens Board recently began implementing a strategic plan that includes major additions to the Gardens, including the new Environmental Learning Center, wildlife enclosures, and educational programs.

Everglades Wonder Gardens receives $20,000 grant 

Everglades Wonder Gardens — the roadside attraction that has spent 81 years beside the Imperial River giving locals and travelers alike a glimpse into Florida wildlife — is getting revamped. Thomas Hecker started as the nonprofit’s new executive director this month. While getting accustomed to the job, Hecker is helping define what the Wonder Gardens can be in the coming years. Click to read the full story