Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Kampong Garden


Located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida, "The Kampong" is the site of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.  It was once the home of David Fairchild, an avid plant collector who travelled the world looking for useful and beautiful plants. He named the garden, "Kampong," which is a Javanese word meaning, "village." The first plants he added to his garden came from Indonesia, hence, the name. The plant collections in the garden come from Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Visitors will enjoy seeing all the exotic plants, including an eighty-year-old, fifty ton Baobab tree from Tanzania.


The garden is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Visitors have an option of doing a self-guided tour, or one led by a tour guide. Admission for the self-guided tour is $15.00 for adults. Children under twelve are admitted free. The guided tour is $20.00 for adults, and $10.00 for children.


10 comments:

  1. I try to guess from the title where the garden is located. This one had me fooled. But it sounds like a slice of Asia in FL. Very nice

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    1. It's huge. I have no idea how they got that weight measurement on it.

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  3. I suppose it would have to be that far south for those plants to do well. I wonder how they weighed the tree? :-)

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    1. That's what I want to know. They must have calculated the weight per square foot, and then estimated the square footage of the tree.

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  4. This is lovely. I would probably need the guided tour because I'd become intrigued and get lost off a path.

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  5. That would be great. I'd love to be able to visit an Asian styled garden.

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    1. I like the Asian sculptures and water gardens.

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