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Welcoming Access Across Garden Spaces

Britt Patterson Weber | Vice President of Education & Interpretation at Naples Botanical Garden

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Naples Botanical Garden’s enabling garden opened in 2010 with a much different vision from how the space is used today. However, just because a vision differs from the practicalities of reality doesn’t mean the project was of little use. In this program, learn about the evolution of this garden and how its barrier-free design and hospitable philosophy became the gateway to encouraging access to all garden spaces.

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About the Speaker

Britt is the Vice President of Education & Interpretation at Naples Botanical Garden. In this capacity, she leads efforts to educate visitors and the community about plants’ value to all life on Earth through engaging, accurate, and impactful experiences and interpretation. She oversees a diverse portfolio of programs, including school and family education; Collier Greens school and community garden network; homeowner education; therapeutic horticulture for adults with dementia; visitor interpretation like signage, maps, and tours; as well as art exhibitions and festivals. Britt joined Naples Botanical Garden in 2009, shortly before the Garden opened to the public. One of her proudest achievements during this time is launching Garden for All, the Garden’s free membership access program in partnership with United Way of Collier County. Britt earned her BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Linguistics from University of Montana, and moved to Southwest Florida for a six-month internship at a nature center. The internship was life-changing – and, ultimately, career-changing – as Britt cancelled plans to return to the Northwest for graduate school in linguistics. Instead, she has spent nearly 20 years in Florida and the Caribbean working in environmental education as both an educator and program/center director at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (Fort Myers), Pigeon Key Marine Science Foundation (Marathon), South Seas Island Resort (Captiva), and Ambassadors of the Environment by Jean-Michel Cousteau at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. Britt is a member of the 2018 Associate Leadership Collier class, 2021 Leadership Collier Class, and is a 2018 Gulfshore Business 40-Under-40 honoree. She also serves on the Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee.