Naples Botanical Gardens

The Naples Botanical Gardens in Florida is 170 acres of cultivated gardens representing seven distinct ecosystems. The natural habitats of the gardens showcase ecosystems between the 26th parallels, north and south.

The Garden was founded in 1993, and completed in 2014, with Channel Lumber providing products and services throughout the development of the property. One major phase of the construction consisted of the digging of two lakes, Deep Lake and Lake Tupke. The 250,000 yards of excavated fill from the lakes was then used to sculpt the grounds.

In addition to the Gardens, the facility also houses the Florida Gulf Coast University Harvey Kapnick Research and Education Center, as well as assorted shops and a Cafe.

Flowers are naturally among the key attractions at the Gardens, especially flowers of fragrance. Color flowers use their color to attract pollinators (insects, birds) in the daytime. However many flowers, the more fragrant ones, are white and produce intense fragrances at night to attract night pollinators such as moths, birds, and even bats. The Gardens have several flowers on which the top perfumes in the world are based.

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May the Force be with You

slywalker ranch30 miles north of San Francisco, Skywalker Ranch is home to a film industry legacy built on the success of the original Star Wars movie. It is situated on Lucas Valley Road, no relation to owner/founder/director George Lucas. The ranch was built as a “filmmaker’s retreat”, and although it features several large structures, the tranquil ambience of the surrounding nature remains intact. Channel Lumber has partnered extensively with contractors and builders throughout the construction phases and development of the property, providing lumber, concrete forms, and services.

The original parcel of land for the ranch was purchased in 1978. It was 1,700 acres. LucasFilm acquired an additional 3,000 acres parcel by parcel over the ensuing years. Only 15 acres have been developed. Among the developments are a barn with animals, an extensive garden, vineyards, an observatory, several screening rooms and theaters, a library, and technical building which is home to Lucas Sound. The remote property has its own Fire Station.

Additionally, the Lucas Educational Foundation is headquartered on the property. As stated, the vision and mission of the foundation is “a new world of learning based on the compelling truth that improving education is the key to the survival of the human race.”

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