April 23, 2014

environment

Intelligent Use of Water in Naples [Video]

Cynthia Barnett | 10/14/2009
Naples Botanical Garden, a 170-acre oasis that opens to the public next month, beat out organizations from around the country to win the Intelligent Use of Water Leadership Award at the 2009 WaterSmart Innovations conference in Las Vegas last week.

The site just south of old Naples, including an old strip mall and parking lot, has been transformed into tropical gardens and native habitats that open to the public Nov. 14th. The garden was designed with green-building practices, including an 18,000-gallon cistern for irrigation, and bioswales in the parking lot that capture rainfall and carry it to a rain garden. A feature dubbed the “River of Grass” filters water naturally before slowly releasing it to a preserve. The garden’s primary irrigation system uses soil moisture detectors that direct water as needed through drip emitters. The system slashes water use by 50%.

California-based irrigation company Rain Bird sponsored the award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. For more information, visit www.naplesgarden.org

Tags: Energy & Utilities, Environment

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Water is the instrument at Florida Orchestra concerts
Water is the instrument at Florida Orchestra concerts

Florida Orchestra Percussionist John Shaw and his water basin will be center stage for the Tan Dun Water Concerto, a unique production of light and sound being performed by the Florida Orchestra.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

How quickly must we act to protect Florida's dying springs?

  • Immediately - Florida's House and Senate must pass SB 1576
  • Not a priority - issue can be postponed
  • This shouldn't even be on the agenda

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe