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Exploring the Sunshine State's Botanical Treasures: An Arm-Chair Tour with Jana Milbocker



Florida, renowned for its stunning beaches and vibrant cities, is also home to a hidden tapestry of over 80 diverse gardens waiting to be discovered. On February 5, horticulture enthusiasts and armchair travelers alike will have the opportunity to embark on a virtual journey through the verdant landscapes of the Sunshine State, guided by the expert touch of Jana Milbocker, acclaimed landscape designer and author of "The Garden Tourist’s Florida."


Milbocker's book, published in 2021, serves as a passport to an array of botanical wonders that span the entire state. From the stately plantation-style gardens of northern Florida to the private havens curated by artists, and the European-inspired estates of Miami, her meticulously crafted tour promises something for every gardening enthusiast.


The Garden Tourist’s Florida encapsulates a kaleidoscope of experiences, showcasing outstanding botanical gardens, historic estates, butterfly gardens, zoos, specialty nurseries, and off-the-beaten-path destinations. The diversity of Florida's flora is on full display, tempting all green thumbs to plan their visits to these newly discovered horticultural gems.


Jana Milbocker, the principal of Enchanted Gardens, is not just an author; she's a passionate landscape designer and lecturer. With a unique blend of horticultural expertise, design flair, and invaluable travel tips, Milbocker aims to educate, inspire, and delight both novice and seasoned gardeners. Her commitment to sharing the joy of gardens extends beyond her books and lectures, as she regularly documents her explorations through captivating photos and a blog.


Milbocker's professional journey, initially as a graphic designer for twenty-five years, has endowed her with critical design thinking and a keen eye for clarity and cohesiveness. Armed with a BFA from Syracuse University, an MBA from Boston College, and coursework in horticulture and landscape design, she brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to her landscape solutions.


Attendees of the virtual tour on February 5 will have the opportunity to purchase and get their copies of The Garden Tourist’s Florida signed by Jana herself. This is a unique chance to bring home a piece of the botanical wonders that await discovery in the Sunshine State.


For more information and to join this exciting arm-chair tour, visit Naples Garden Club. Jana Milbocker's virtual exploration promises not only a visual feast of Florida's gardens but also insights and inspiration that will linger long after the tour concludes. So, mark your calendars and get ready to embark on a journey through the lush landscapes of Florida without leaving the comfort of your armchair.


Presentation by Jana Milbocker – The Garden Tourist’s Florida

Monday, February 5, 2024  at 1 PM

Kapnick Hall, Naples Botanical Garden

4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL

Tickets: $45 (includes admission to the Naples Botanical Garden)

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