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“Picturesque garden”
Review of The Kampong

The Kampong
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Private Half Day Miami City Tour
Ranked #52 of 351 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.
Nashville, Tennessee
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“Picturesque garden”
Reviewed May 24, 2011

Took a guided 2 hour tour of The Kampong May 21st at a cost of $20 a piece which I thought was well worth it. The Kampong is hidden in a residential area and we almost past it. It used to be a private residence many years ago.The parking lot is tiny but they do not get many visitors so it was not a problem. The Kampong is one of only 5 member gardens that are a part of the National Botanical Tropical Garden-it is also the only one of the 5 not located in the state of Hawaii.
The property is a little under 10 acres so it is a good bit smaller than the Fairchild which is only about ten minutes away. I was very impressed with the gardens. There were many plants from different parts of the globe and it was very well care for. Our guide was great and the group that toured was only about 10 people. There was a peacock rooming the grounds with her 4 chicks in tow. Apparently this garden is really a hidden gem as our hotel's concierge had never heard of it and neither had many of the locals we talked to.

The garden has limited hours during the week and is only open on the weekends occasionally for guided tours. See website for the schedule. The upside is that if you come you may have the grounds to yourself. Just a lovely garden. I choose it over the Fairchild garden to visit since I plan on visiting its sister gardens on Kauai soon.


Visited May 2011
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“A lovely plant oasis”
Reviewed January 21, 2010

Visitors enter through a gate in a coral stone wall and pass under a huge banyon tree. The long driveway to the house is lined with Fairchild’s collection of tropical fruit trees. Once you reach the house there is a dramatic view of Biscayne Bay through a stone archway. In addition to the house and grounds, you can also see the Sweeney’s collection of Asian art. A truly lovely spot. Bde sure and take the path down to the pay for stunning views. While visitors are welcome, advance reservations are required.

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