This post was orginally posted on 3/7/2019. I’m re-sharing it today as I love the beautiful Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden in South Florida.
Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, FL 33156
Fairchild is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. We are one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
For many years I lived in South Florida. I moved to greater Miami back 40 years ago. Later I moved slightly north to the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. I have many friends in Dade County, Broward County and even just north to Palm Beach County and love visiting my favorite spots when I come back.
If you are a plant lover like me, Miami/Dade County is in growing zone 10 and is perfect for tropical plantings. If you visit Miami, you must take a day to explore the exotic plantings at beautiful Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden in Coral Gables. Take a tram ride and view lush plantings.
Tickets are $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors, $15.95 for students, $11.95 for children 6 to 17, and free for children 5 and under. There are various discounts available for AAA, the military, Culture Shock Miami, The Golden Ticket Program and the Eco Discount. I love the Eco Discount – if you travel to the garden by walking, biking, or public transportation, you can ask for a $5 discount for adults or $2 for a child. It is the Garden’s way of thanking you for contributing to conservation. See the website for more information. For groups of 20 or more, contact the Garden for special group rates.
Fairchild was named for one of the most famous plant explorers in history, David Fairchild (1869-1954). Dr. Fairchild was known for traveling the world in search of useful plants, but he was also an educator and a renowned scientist. At the age of 22, he created the Section of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture, and for the next 37 years, he traveled the world in search of plants of potential use to the American people. Fairchild visited every continent in the world (except Antarctica) and brought back hundreds of important plants, including mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton, soybeans, bamboos and the flowering cherry trees that grace Washington D.C. He retired to Miami in 1935 and joined Col. Robert H. Montgomery, environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, County Commissioner Charles Crandon and landscape architect William Lyman Phillips in developing a one of a kind garden. In 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened its 83 acres to the public for the first time.
Fairchild is the proud home of the American Orchid Society, and their display contains many plants from the orchid society’s collection.
There are special events all year and you should check their calendar when planning your visit. Early morning bird walks and yoga classes are popular this time of year. Bird walks are offered every Saturday and Sunday from February through May and September through November at 7:30 a.m.
March 12th will be the annual Gala in the Garden. This year’s event is a galactic journey. Revered for over 25 years, the annual Gala in the Garden is one of the most beautiful and magical events in South Florida. Set amidst the lush tropical foliage of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, this breathtaking event is noted as one of the “Top Five Must Attend” galas by Miami Magazine. Besides the Gala, numerous events are scheduled for the garden including classes, tours, plant sales, and more.
For me the butterfly garden is a must see stop in the garden no matter the season.
Come and enjoy the tropical beauties in the garden.
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