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This may be the prettiest strip mall in all of Florida. Strip mall? That's right. In 1993, a group of eight Naples residents fused together their aspirations of creating a world-class botanical garden. In 2000, an endowment enabled the purchase of a 170-acre site with seven different habitats just south of Old Naples. An existing strip mall and parking lot were transformed into a garden experience to introduce the community to what was to come. In June 2008, the garden closed for a remarkable makeover. Reopened in 2009 as a world-class tropical garden featuring the plants and cultures found along 26 degrees latitude north and south, Naples Botanical Garden includes cultivated gardens of Brazil, the Caribbean, and a hands-on interactive Children's Garden along with 90 acres of restored natural Florida habitat. Newly cultivated Asian and Florida gardens debuted in mid-2010.