CREATED Aug. 21, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 21, 2013
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- The Everglades Wonder Gardens closed after 77 years back in April. John Brady took over the property and now operates the Wonder Gardens. He wants to keep a Bonita Springs landmark alive.
"When I got involved and my family got involved, we took this over and our concern was this place was going to go away and we don't want that to happen," said Brady, operator of the Everglades Wonder Gardens.
Brady took over the Everglades Wonder Gardens back in June. He has since transformed the property into a Botanical Garden.
"We had a few people disappointed we don't have the big animals anymore, gone are the bears, the mountain lion and panthers."
Brady says the future of the Wonder Gardens lies in the community's hands.
"One of the things we definitely need is support from the public. We are working to become a not for profit."
The property is still up for sale. The asking offer is just under $4 million dollars.
"We decided we would be the bridge that would get this place to the next level, to the next place, but that's all we are is a bridge. I don't have the resources to purchase this."
Brady says the property is still rich in beauty and history and hopes maybe donors will help keep the landmark beautiful.
The Wonder Gardens is currently offering discounted admission ($10 for adults and $5 for children, 3-10 yrs. old).