The Kampong

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The Kampong
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This glorious seven-acre botanical garden was once the home of botanist Dr. David Fairchild, who went on to found the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. As chief of the Seed Section of the US Department of Agriculture in the early 20th century, Fairchild traveled the world collecting plant specimens and bringing them back here. One of only two tropical plant research sites in the country, it's a stunning place, with an Indonesian-inspired house set by a lagoon. Scientists and world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower have all visited, as did Fairchild's father-in-law Alexander Graham Bell, who invented a device for extracting fresh water from sea water while staying here. To this day, botanists and horticulturalists come to the Kampong, now part of the Hawaii-based National Tropical Botanical Garden, to conduct research.

It's open to the public for guided tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.30am and noon from September to June. Self-guided tours are possible from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, by appointment only.


Venue name: The Kampong
Address: 4013 Douglas Road

Cross street: Coconut Grove
Opening hours: Guided tours Wed & Sat at 10.30am and noon; self-guided tours Mon-Fri 9am-4pm (by appointment only)
Price: Adults $20, children $10, under-3s free
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