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These Photo Gallery pictures make their first appearance on the What's New page,
and are moved to the Photo Gallery pages when NEW STUFF Happens in the Crooked Garden. There are multiple pages in the Photo Gallery, and a lot to see.

Because we have several Stealth Cam "trail" cameras in the garden, we have been seeing hints of a Florida Panther passing through on multiple occasions. Recently though, The panther finally took a seat in front of one of the cameras and we obtained some great images to prove our
theory that the Florida panther does pass through our 17,345 square foot garden.
ACTUALLY, not just one panther, but two were recorder the same night. Carefully look at the following series of photographs, and watch the timeline under each photo. One panther walks in to the scene from the left, takes a seat to look around, then returns in the direction that in came in. Within two minutes a second panther enter the scene from the right of the screen, pauses but does not set down. Instead this panther starts heading in the direction of the other panther. A mating pair? Who knows? It's really neat though, to know that the butterfly garden is so popular even for endangered wildlife.


Here are two close up photos of the two panthers from the above series of pictures.





New potting table and plants in bloom in the Crooked Garden


 April 2016, The Crooked Garden is in full bloom!



The lights went out, but now they are back on again in the Crooked Garden,
thanks to the very generous donations of our residents.


New REMEMBRANCE PERGOLA in the Crooked Garden
There is no more room for additional benches in the Crooked garden, yet there are still many people
asking for a place in our garden to "Remember" friends and loved ones. 
SOLUTION: A new special place for these remembrance plaques, is now constructed in the garden.
in 2010-11, WCI sponsored a photo contest and subsequent NOTE CARD sale, and the proceeds
of this sale were donated to the Crooked Garden. Thanks to this very generous donation,
the Crooked Garden curator was able to purchase and install this wonderful new "Remembrance Pergola"
With the assistance of two invaluable volunteers, Al Murator and Bob DeMott, the pergola kit was constructed
over one really hot and humid weekend in June.
Believe it or not, this pergola is made from PVC (poly vinyl chloride=plastic pipe material) with embedded wood particles.
Another example of "green technology" being used in our Crooked Garden.




Old Bridge Garden Club of North Fort Myers

Crooked Garden Guided garden tour, March 15, 2012

Dear Curator,
Everyone enjoyed the tour of the Crooked Garden and were so impressed
with the knowledge that we received that day, and I know that our
donation to the garden will be put to good use!
Thank you so much, and hope to see you again soon.
Phyllis Swift, President
[photographs courtesy of Judy Weil]

A new plaque has been placed in front of the entrance statue recognizing the generous donations of our Pelican Preserve residents and visitors.

Picnic in the Pergola

The adjustable picnic benches in the pergola came in very handy in the late afternoon on March 20, 2008.

A little rain shower would not dampen Shirley and Duane Acker's 56th wedding anniversary celebration, as they
enjoyed the company of their friends among the surroundings of the beautiful crooked Garden.

Pictured left to right and front to rear: Shirley & Duane Acker, Paul & Joan Mattson, and Joyce & Jim Mortensen.

The Crooked Garden has a new entrance statue
It took us over a year of searching, but we finally found our perfect garden entrance statue. We found this Monarch butterfly statue
at the Ornamental Columns and Statues business in South Fort Myers, Florida. 
Yes, this is the butterfly garden...look at the butterfly statue!

Special Crooked Garden projects engineer, Bob Weil, poses behind the new statue that he had just helped finish staining.
Our new garden statue looks more like a Monarch butterfly now,
thanks to the recommendations of many resident sidewalk superintendents.

CROOKED GARDEN VISITOR: Noted lepidopterist and prolific writer, Robert M. Pyle, Ph.D.

The Crooked Garden has a new paved entrance
Crooked Garden entrance looking South to the vegetable garden and the soft ball field.   Crooked Garden entrance looking North West into the garden.
Thank you WCI leadership (WCI is the luxury homebuilder for Pelican Preserve community), for providing us
with a supply of pavers from the old golf clubhouse floor when it was demolished. The pavers were delivered
to the Crooked Garden entrance early Thursday morning, March 13th, and by 3:30 PM that day,
the entrance path was completed. A special THANKS goes to Pelican Preserve resident, Nate Jensen
for his paver installation knowledge, along with the hard physical labor in installing this wonderful path.
Nate Jensen (white shirt) and Jim Price, Crooked Garden curator, installing the entrance pavers.  Nate and Jim are almost finished with the paver project.
Nate Jensen (Master Paver Layer), and Jim Price (Crooked Garden Curator)
installing the pavers to the Crooked Garden entrance.

There are now four beautiful teak benches adorning our Crooked Garden. Thank you Avril Smoliniski & Felix Llamido,
Carol and Larry Hatch, Patti & Bill van der Have, and Marge & Al Muratore for sponsoring these fine garden seats.
Beautiful weatherproof name plaques will soon replace these laminated signs.


New Crooked Garden sign
Our Crooked Garden has a new sign hanging from the arbor entrance thanks to master carpenter, Larry Hatch.
What a wonderful way to show our friends and visitors the name of our butterfly garden.

Thanks Larry!

2.22.08 and UPDATED on 5.15.10
New really tall Host plant in the Crooked Garden
Ficus aurea

The Strangler Fig often starts it's life in the leaf bases of palms, and may eventually (if left unchecked) overtake and kill the palm. The Strangler fig is a host plant for the Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly, and it's fruit provides food for many wildlife and bird species. There are Strangler Figs growing in many palm trees around the yards in Florida, and the Strangler Fig is a Florida native plant.

 The photo (above left), is how the two trees looked when we they were purchased together, and planted in February 2008. The photo on the right was taken in September 2009. Now the Strangler Fig provides a nice shady rest area along the outside path just before the entrance to the Crooked Garden.  




Sabal Palmetto

The cabbage palm is Florida's official state tree.
Cabbage palm, or sabal palm, can be found in several Florida ecosystems, including upland hardwoods, flatwoods, and tropical hammocks. Because it tolerates high water tables, it can also grow well in swamps, wet prairie, and coastal marshes. It may occur as single trees or groves of palms and it is also frequently planted in urban areas.







Thanks to an  "expert woodworking team" of Pelican Preserve residents, There is now an Entrance Arbor to the Crooked Garden:


The "expert woodworking team" of Pelican Preserve residents working on this project.
(L-R) Larry Hatch, Steve Pinsky, Jim Bohn, Nate Jensen, and Jim Price (taking photo)

The Entrance Arbor team taking advantage of our woodworking shop to design and cut out the
intricate details of the project.

The Arbor team preparing to place the top piece on the structure.
(L-R) Nate Jensen, Steve Pinsky, Larry Hatch, Jim Bohn, and Jim Price

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