National Tropical Botanical Garden – The Kampong
The spring season is the loveliest season of the year. This is the season when flowers are greatly appreciated in its full bloom and is the great time to visit botanical gardens and enjoy the beauty of nature. The Dade County is proud to have The Kampong, one of the fascinating gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
The 4 hectare land of The Kampong was not planned as a botanical garden, but a personal collection of plants by Dr. David Fairchild and his wife Marian, daughter of Alexander Graham Bell. Marian Fairchild named the garden as The Kampong which is a Malay or Javanese word for a village or cluster houses. It was only until Dr. Catherine Sweeney “Savior of The Kampong” developed and preserved Fairchild’s collections, transforming the place into a botanical garden. The Kampong is registered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The Kapong has an array of botanical from Southeast Asia, Central and South Americas, the Caribbean and tropical locals, including exotic fruits like candle fruit, peanut butter fruit, egg fruit, coco plums, over 50 varieties of mango and more. The botanical garden is now primarily developed for educational purposes. Tours are also available by appointment. They are also holding events in the garden like wedding and parties.
Visit The Kapong and be enthralled by the charming and refreshing environment. The Kampong is located at 4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove. For further information, you may call them at (305) 442-7169 or check on their website.
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