Yesterday I visited a garden in Miami I did not know existed. The Kampong Tropical Garden, located in the middle of busy Miami near the Coconut Grove neighborhood. The grounds where the garden is located, was the original home of Dr. David Fairchild in the early 1900’s. The property was designated a national historic site, and donated in the sixties to The National Tropical Botanic Garden. A not-for-profit institution, dedicated to tropical plant research, conservation, and education.
The Kampong (a Javanese word for a village) is one of six tropical gardens in the US, and the only one located in the mainland, the other five are in Hawaii. The garden has a tremendous collection of tropical plants, flowers and fruit trees, and is open for tours by appointments only.
Large Banyan tree
Baobab or Dead Rat tree from SE Asia
Star Fruit or Carambola
The Asok or Sorrowless tree, the flowers bloom from the trunk of the tree.
A different variety of the Starburst tree
The property fronts Biscayne Bay, not much unspoiled waterfront land like this is left in metropolitan Miami