Hurricane Irma uprooted and severed the roots of hundreds if not thousands of trees throughout Southwest Florida this past September. Landscapers have cleared away almost all of the debris from the roads and yards to return Naples to its beautiful appearance that we all cherish.
A historical place in Bonita Springs, Wonder Gardens, has dozens of trees dating back to the 1930’s and earlier. Some were saved and some sadly were put to rest. A banyan tree that had been planted before World War II soared higher than the rest of the surrounding trees was luckily saved five weeks after Irma tore through the gardens. Young trees can be purchased and planted for $2,000 to $5,000, but would take decades to get to the size of any surviving trees.
The owner, Al O’Donnell, seems very optimistic. He says that the trees are known to grow back with little or no roots at all. “Wonder Gardens should return to its attractive appearance in about two years”, he said. In a about five summers, you won’t even be able to notice what happened. The job O’Donnell and his crew completed could have cost the nonprofit Wonder Gardens about $31,000. O’Donnell said choosing to volunteer was easy. “(The Wonder Gardens) is an icon for downtown,” O’Donnell said. “It was the right thing to do.”
Source: Naples Daily News