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“Historical Botany for plant lovers” 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 #64 of 277 things to do in Miami
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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.
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“Historical Botany for plant lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Cool place. Great docents. Interesting history. They ask for reservations for entrance, but if you just show up at the tour times (10:30 and noon), you will likely have no trouble getting in. The tours are leisurely, but well conducted. Tidbit: the property next door was owned by the wife of Gilbert Grosvenor, the founder of National Geographic. Pair this tour with a trip to the Fairchild Gardens for a plant lovers nirvana.

Visited February 2014
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Miami, Florida
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“Relaxing Tour of Old Miami”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We enjoyed the tour of these gardens and estate of the late David Fairchild. It is greatly appreciated by those who enjoy seeing variety of plants and trees and like to learn more about Miami's earlier pioneers. The estate ends with a gorgeous view of Biscayne Bay.
It is a nice place to hold a wedding or other reception.
Would definitely do it during the cooler months of December through February as it may be a bit muggy in the summer.

Visited February 2014
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“Exquisite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

A lovely property which makes you to discover the Coral Gables neighborhood. Call in advance because they have a lot of activities there which can make your visit imposible. Great tours to understand the concept and the founder. The garden and the house are adorable. An old garden with lots of mature, beautiful trees and not only. Don't miss the house and the view of Miami from the property shore.

Visited December 2013
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Miami
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“Great Garden to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

David Fairchild's home in Coconut Grove is well worth a visit. We took advantage of a Living Social special two for one deal. The tour was supposed to last one hour and after 1.5 hours we had only just entered the buildings on the property so my husband and I had to leave the tour and run down to the bay to see the view as we had to pick someone up at the airport. We were sorry not to be able to stay and finish the tour of this very historical home. The gardens and trees are quite lovely and the tour is worth doing. You even get to sample Tamarind and other exotic fruits as you go round the garden.

Visited October 2013
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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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