Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 131 of 133

132 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p The Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs, Fla., closed in 2013, but a nonprofit organization purchased the property in 2015 and is currently revamping the historic site. Waldrop Engineering, P.A., also of Bonita Springs, drafted a master plan pro bono to guide the redevelopment process. While some areas of the site have been reconstructed, most of it is still a work in progress. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. After years of declining patronage, followed by closure in 2013, the historic Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs, Fla. — a lush 3.5-acre botanical jungle — are making a comeback. Waldrop Engineering, P.A., a land development and consulting firm, also located in Bonita Springs, donated the master plan, as well as a site enhancement plan and 200 hours of labor, to redevelop the park. Brothers Bill and Lester Piper started Wonder Gardens in 1936 as a project of passion and preservation. At one time, it was a prominent fixture in southwest Florida. Patrons could see rare species of plants from around the world, and many wildlife exhibits were there as well. Visitation began to decline in the 1950s, and it continued to fall in the 1960s because of the theme park industry. The gardens closed in 2013, after 77 years of operation. A nonprofit organization was formed in 2015 under the name Bonita Wonder Gardens. With financial assistance from the city of Bonita Springs, the nonprofit purchased the property and is restoring the once popular park. The gardens are slowly being reborn, and the plan is to redevelop it in phases, as funding becomes available. "Efforts to implement the master plan have already been undertaken, beginning with restructuring the entryway where visitors gain access to the site," said Eric Bechler, PLA, and Ryan Binkowski, PLA, both of Waldrop. If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: Story Ideas? Everglades Wonder Gardens By Michael Miyamoto, LASN IMAGE CREDIT: RYAN BINKOWSKI, PLA AND VICE PRESIDENT, AND JACK CALDWELL, PLA AND PROJECT MANAGER, WALDROP ENGINEERING, P.A.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Landscape Architect & Specifier News - JAN 2017