Given what we now know of the dangers of bringing in exotic species that can invade and overrun indigenous species, a botanical collection like the Kampong could not come into existence today. But this site has served a purpose for much legitimate botanical research, and the house has historical and architectural interest—most notably, a gathering of government bureaucrats planned and created Everglades National Park in this house.
Annual membership grants access earlier in the day, allowing more creative morning-light photography for those so inclined. Some docents of the guided tours are more knowledgeable than others. It seemed almost as if the guide on our recent visit spent more time telling us what she did *not* know than what she did. Still, we found it interesting, and certainly lovely. But the grounds east of the house, toward the bay, are overly groomed to the point of seeming almost artificial. And we found it odd that they would allow the dock area to remain littered (perhaps they cleaned it soon after our visit.)
If you enjoy botany and a bit of local history, it's worth the visit.
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