One of south Florida’s natural jewels, this 83-acre garden, named after renowned botanist and Miami resident David Fairchild, is filled with tropical splendor: a lush rainforest with a stream, sunken garden, dramatic vistas, an enormous vine pergola and a museum of plant exploration. A must-see is the exquisite rare plant conservatory, a stunning showcase of palms, bromeliads, orchids and ferns. Narrated tram rides (given on the hour from 10am to 3pm) give visitors a close-up look at the resident flora. The Richard H Simons Rainforest, a two-acre site dominated by a gurgling 500-foot waterfall, opened in 2001. In addition to Fairchild’s annual events, among them July’s International Mango Festival, every five years the garden is home to a rare plant phenomenon: the blooming of the amorphophallus titan, a gigantic single bloom as large as a person, which emits the powerful stench of rotting flesh to attract insects for pollination. Fairchild also has a fun gift shop and associations with well-known artists (sculptures by Dale Chihuly and Roy Lichtenstein have both been displayed here among the greenery).
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
|Name:||Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden|
10901 Old Cutler Road
|Cross Street:||at SW 101st Street|
|Venue phone:||305 667 1651|
|Opening hours:||7.30am–4.30pm daily|
|Price:||Admission $25; $12–$18 reductions; free under-6s|