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“Fresh Air” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-7256
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Ranked #15 of 33 Attractions in Miami Beach
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: We are a small Garden, just 2.6 acres, with a very big mission! We call ourselves an urban oasis in the middle of the glitz and neon of South Beach, a place where locals and visitors can come and enjoy the numerous cultural and artisitic programs that the Garden has to offer. Created as a Miami Beach city park in 1962, the Garden was rejuvenated in the fall of 2011 with a $1.2 Million landscape renovation by acclaimed South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles.We invite you to discover the new features of the Garden – a wetland with red mangrove and pond apple trees, an expansive water garden with cascading oolite fountain, a welcoming entrance plaza, and diverse collection of flowering trees, palms, cycads, orchids, bromeliads and Florida native species.
Toronto, Canada
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“Fresh Air”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Looking for some peace and quiet? This is the perfect place to go. A hidden gem within the city and is only a walk away.

Visited June 2013
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Marty M, Vice President at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
We couldn't agree with you more, Irene, about the "hidden gem" nature of the wonderful Miami beach Botanical Garden! Just 2 blocks away from Lincoln Road but yet a world apart, with butterflies, palms and bromeliads galore! Our gem just added a new facet - wonderful outdoor sculptures from the famed Chupungu Sculpture Park in Zimbabwe are now installed throughout the Garden, with appropriate signage to explain the significance of each work, some of which are 20 feet high! These sculptures have found a perfect backdrop against the Garden's numerous vistas and water elements. Come, see Open every day, Monday through Sunday form 9 am to 5 pm and, of course, always free to enter!
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“Refuge in a very hectic city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We read about this botanical garden in TA and were excited to visit. Certainly it has received criticism because of its size. I think that's an advantage. The Japanese have demonstrated the value of small gardens in a very crowded environment, and this park provides a wonderful oasis. The plants in this park were beautifully cared for, and we saw a number of varieties we were unfamiliar with. Finally, there are a number benches strategically located so you can enjoy a very small space or sit in the shade and view a large clearing surrounded with beautiful species. Wish I could spend time in this (free) garden every day.

Visited June 2013
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Marty M, Vice President at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
We totally agree with you, Lone Star: we think our 2.6 acre size is a great asset and not a limitation. As you correctly point out, the Japanese specialize in small gardens in the middle of dense, urban settings and that is exactly what the Miami beach Botanical Garden has to offer residents and visitors from near and far - a beautiful refuge or oasis from the glitz and glamour of South Beach. We hope you found your way to our Japanese Garden, tucked away to the immediate left of the entrance and to the Florida Native Garden just beyond that. Thank you, as well, for commenting on the excellent condition of our plantings - we have a super horticulturalist and assistant who work hard at maintaining the Garden's quality six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm.
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“Beautiful Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This place is amazing. The gardens are small but very beautiful. You can also have a picnic inside. The entrance is free. Really nice place for an outdoor small wedding.

Visited November 2012
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Marty M, Vice President at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Thank you so much, Carlina. for your 5-star rating! We think your review touches on many of the aspects that make our Garden a wonderful place for both local residents and out-of-town visitors to see. 1) We are FREE (no admission charge, ever) and we now have FREE WiFi! 2) The Garden, as you point out, is a wonderful place for a picnic - bring your own, or stop at nearby Lincoln Road for sandwiches & salads to take to the Garden (where we have a drink vending machine, water fountains & bathrooms availalbe) and use one of our many tables and chairs for your picnic - or sit oon the grass!. 3) The Garden is one of the most popular venues in Miami Beach for weddings, receptions, & parties of all kinds. See Diana, our special events person, for information and available dates. Of course, this package is all wrapped in a very special ribbon - the wonderful plants, palms, orchids & bromeliads for which South Florida is famous for. Come check us out soon!
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“Lovely respite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I was killing time in the Miami Beach Convention area and just happened upon this little oasis. There is no charge to go through the small garden. There are orchids mounted in the trees, wonderful tropical plants that are well marked, a pond with a whimsical sculpture. Lovely place for a quick visit.

Visited June 2013
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“A Lot in a small space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We walked through the Botanical Garden after closing time (5PM). It's only a couple of acres but they have many beautiful displays and interesting plants and ponds. Learned a lot about tropical plant life that I had never seen before. And there wasn't a fee! Very relaxing place to sit and rest.

Visited May 2013
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Marty M, Vice President at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind - and, we think, accurate - review. You are exactly right: we have a lot in the small 2.6 acres allotted to us by the city of Miami Beach. Some visitors, unfortunately, just see this small size and can't see beyond it; others, such as yourself and many others Trip Advisor reviewers, see the wide array of botanical specimens, water elements, the Japanese native garden, edible gardens, and the Florida native garden and celebrate our Garden for what it is - an urban oasis and and educational & cultural platform in the middle of the glitz & glamour of 'America's Riviera'. Oh, let's not forget to mention that there is NO admission - and free WiFi!
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