The Crooked Garden   


What's New
Plant List

Photo Gallery

View Butterfly Metamorphosis
slide show

Butterflies of Lee County (brochure)


Crooked Garden Crew

2008 Butterfly-

Garden Path Fossil Shells

What is a Butterfly?




The Crooked Garden Then and Now

Contact the Curator

Our nature preserve - Then and Now


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  October 28, 2017  - 8:40 A.M.

The CROOKED GARDEN is OPEN once more. Thanks to the wonderful help of the many residents who volunteered
their time, we have removed the weeds, fallen trees, and dead plants cause by the wind and flooding of hurricane Irma.
We do need many more butterfly plants, and we will be purchasing and planting them as they become available. We are
also waiting on WCI to install the pathway mulch and pine straw, and very grateful that they freely provide this expensive
service for us every year. We are introducing a new way to identify the butterfly garden plants this year. Instead of a plethora
of metal plant signs, those interested in learning about the butterfly plants cand carry around the laminated plant guides that
identify those plants using color photographs from this website. Visitors can also use their smart phones (by shooting the QR
code with their barcode reader) and accessing our website's Plant List while they are investigating the garden.


Check out the new Crooked Garden Crew and the list of contributors who have made this garden the "Treasure of Pelican Preserve"!

Welcome to The Crooked Garden
This beautiful garden is made possible by the generous contributions of our Pelican Preserve residents.

Noted Butterfly expert, Robert Michael Pyle, Ph.D.
"And the kind dentist, Dr Alan Rembos [of Naples, Florida], tipped me off
to the Crooked Garden in Pelican Preserve, Fort Myers --
one of the best [butterfly gardens] I've ever seen.
Amid oceans of nectar and a flurry of butterflies,
I saw 12 species, including queens, zebras, and orange-barred sulphurs
the size of small birds."

Read more about our famous CROOKED GARDEN VISITOR:
Noted lepidopterist and prolific writer, Robert M. Pyle, Ph.D.





"There is a crooked garden with crooked little paths,
And crooked little caterpillars crawling through the grass.
There are crooked little butterflies enjoying garden treats,
 and all these wonders here to view, from our crooked garden seats."

James Price,  Garden Curator








Where is this Crooked Garden?
This private butterfly garden is located in
Pelican Preserve, a 55 and better community
in the city of Fort Myers, Florida 33913


We hope that you enjoy our Crooked Garden website, and that you take the time to navigate these pages to learn
about our butterflies and the plants that they use for food and reproduction.
Please take the time to visit the Financial Contributors, and the Contributors of Time and Talent pages too,
because these people are the reason that we have what many are calling, "The Treasure" of Pelican Preserve.

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This website was created in April 2007, six months after beginning to build the Crooked Garden.