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“A RELAXING HAVE RIGHT OFF THE MAIN DRAG” 5 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 120 Attractions in Miami
Type: Gardens
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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.
Miami, Florida
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“A RELAXING HAVE RIGHT OFF THE MAIN DRAG”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The former home of botanist and writer David Fairchild a fascinating place even if you're not all that interested in plants. You must sign up for a tour ($20 donation) and you'll be treated to a pleasant walk in the most beautiful gardens and lots of interesting information about local history. You'll tour Fairchild's laboratory and his original residence, which is filled with fabulous art he brought back from his wold-wide travels. Stay as long as you like after the tour. Walk down to the Bay to enjoy the view and the refreshing ocean breezes. Allow about two hours.

Visited October 2013
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Suwanee, Georgia
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“Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The Kampong is a estate that David Fairchild use to own and lived on the property. The estate has over 100 exotic species of plants from all over the world. The view with the biscayne bay in the background is very beautiful. You will be amaze once you first step on the grounds. The Kampong is a private estate found in Coconut Grove, and you need to make reservation before visiting. The Kampong has a $35 entrance fee but it is well worth the admission if you really enjoy exotics plants. Drive carefully on Douglas Road because you can easily miss the estate. Enjoy if you happen to visit this beautiful hidden treasure. J

Visited August 2013
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“great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

not open to the puble often, but worth seeing when it is. Its like going back to a different time. Beautifull and different tress and plants. the guides are knowledgeable about the surroundings

Visited August 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Breathtaking and historical.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Beautiful property owned by the Fairchilds of Fairchild Tropical Garden. Located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. Incredible view and a wonderful place for a wedding or event. A bit pricey, and you have to use their vendors. But if you have the money...a good deal and beautiful spot. The curators are very helpful and knowledgeable.

Visited August 2013
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“Mostly lovely, exotic collection, some too-artificially groomed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
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