We passed on Fairchild gardens so I can't compare the two. This place is relatively small and is beautifully landscaped and the staff is helpful. You must make an appointment to visit. We did the self guided tour but they have guided tours at 10:30 on Wed and Sat. The "office" is the house that Fairchild lived in. Most of the gardens are trees and shrubs (not flowers) but their is a lily pond with lilies and lotus flowers in it. There are lots of tropical plants from all over the world.
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