Pinecrest Gardens – History and Nature

Pinecrest Gardens – History and Nature 

Pinecrest Gardens

Spring is the best season to visit parks and explore nature as it is the season of blossom to reconnect with nature. Pinecrest Gardens is one of the most-loved parks in South Florida that brings you nature, history and art in one place. The park is created with a mission to enrich culture and nature thru historic preservation and educationcommunity service and the sustainable management of public garden. Situated in a lush Eden of tropical plants, rock formations and water features truly a hidden paradise.

In a native tropical cypress setting, there are over 1,000 varieties of exotic plants and palm trees. Their landscape enhanced with natural streams, sinkholes, caves and fissures provide a breathtaking backdrop to the historically designated structures and buildings. The garden is of approximately 4.3 acres of native forested wetland, with about 3.3 acres of tropical hardwood hammock and one acre of native cypress slough hammock.

Pinecrest Gardens Snapper Creek streambed is at the eastern portion of the property where it runs northwest to southeast and exits the near the original entrance to the site on Red Road. The streambed located on the garden property is the only portion of Snapper Creek that has not been altered. A Karst landscape is a featured spot is formed by the dissolution of bedrock by subterranean drainage. The bedrock is oolitic limestone and has been used extensively as a building material at the site. They also have small caves, fissures and dramatic cliff overhangs. Solution holes, caused by erosion of the stone by both surface and subterranean water flow, contain water all year long and support fish, turtles, blue crabs and other wildlife. Sinkholes are also common on the property, and one is estimated to be approximately 30,000 years old.

Other features are the rock ridge shelf between the cypress and a hammock of hardwood trees, diverse selection of trees including a Talipot Palm, many types of ferns, fig trees, orchids, hibiscus,a 100-year-old coco plum, a pond apple and a sausage tree.

The park is worth exploring for an admission of only $3, its all worth the time and bucks. There is so much to do in this park for both kidsand adult. Aside from nature tripping, they also conduct art classes, held event/festivalsentertainmentand don’t miss the Farmer’s Market every Sunday.

Pinecrest Farmer’s Market:

“Best Farmer’s Market In Miami”
— Miami New Times Best of 2010
“..the Pinecrest Farmer’s Market is worth visiting. “You’ll find a few stands selling jewelry and accessories, but produce is extraordinarily abundant here. We’re talking carrots, bok choy, salad mixes, tomatoes, radishes, oyster mushrooms from Paradise Farms, and rare beans harvested the day before. Other items likely to make their way into your reusable, eco-friendly bag: local goose eggs, organic hummus, local honey, zucchini flowers, and artisan breads.”  — Miami New Times

Pinecrest GardensAdmissions Fees:
Adult – $3.00
Child(2-17) – $2.00
Child with Splash ‘N Play Pass
Ages 2-12 – $3.00
Children Ages 2 and under Free

Parking–  free –  for reservations call  305.669.6990

Pinecrest GardensHours of Operation:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m During Fall & Winter
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. During Spring & Summer

For more information contact them at

11000 Red Road Pinecrest, Florida 33156
305.669.6990 or fax 305.669.6944
gardens@pinecrest-fl.gov
http://www.pinecrest-fl.gov

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