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“Quiet, relaxing day exploring nature!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Kampong

The Kampong
4013 Douglas Road, Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)
305.442.7169
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Ranked #28 of 88 Attractions in Miami
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: Enter the gates of this hidden oasis tucked in metropolitan Miami. See the sausage tree, named for its pendulous fruit hanging from ropelike stalks. Stand dwarfed by a hundred-year-old baobab from Tanzania that weighs almost 50 tons. Drink in the haunting fragrance of plants prized by the perfume industry. See the vibrant magenta blossoms of the pink trumpet tree as they color the horizon. Touch the hard hexagonal projections on the skins of the jakfruit, the world's largest tree fruit, or the feathery foliage of the canary yellow royal poinciana from Guyana. Discover the place that David Fairchild, the "Columbus of American Horticulture" called home.
Fort Lauderdale
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“Quiet, relaxing day exploring nature!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

A great way to spend a nice, quiet and relaxing day exploring nature! However, if you are a plant expert and looking to gain lots of knowledge and insight, this is probably not be the place for you. If you want to see a few plants/trees/fruits and learn a little bit about Miami's history, then this is a nice little adventure to embark on. Remember to bring water and dress comfortably!

Visited October 2012
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“beautiful and relaxing history lesson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

If you have a free morning in South Florida, one of the places you might choose is The Kampong in Coconut Grove. David Fairchild's private home is now a truly serene and beautiful venue for seeing tropical plants and trees. A tour of the Kampong introduces you to the horticulture and the life style of that famous man, his wife and Alexander Graham Bell, his father-in-law. The guides are volunteers and have stories to tell along with botanical information.

Visited October 2012
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Lancaster, NY
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“lots of trees, not much info from guide”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The write ups boast dozens of varieties of mangos, avocados, etc, yet the guide was unable to identify these to the group. The fee of $25 was too high based upon the little useful info provided. So many bugs and spiders - my travel companion and I received multiple bites. Very disappointing. The house was very beautiful and the story of the various owners was interesting, but that's about it.

Visited September 2012
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Elegant Southeast Asian influences”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Home of the gentleman, David Fairchild, who started the USDA Plant Introduction Program. It is a fabulous building surrounded by an incredible collection of tropical fruits and other trees. The back yard even holds one of Alexander Graham Bell's last inventions. Fairchild was married to Bell.s daughter. Very interesting history.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful place! Must visit..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is such a beautiful place to visit if you come to coconut Grove make a quick stop and visit this amazing historical place in Miami. It has such beautiful views and so much to learn. I highly recommend it.

Visited September 2011
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