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“Elegant Southeast Asian influences”
Review of The Kampong

The Kampong
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Private Half Day Miami City Tour
Ranked #54 of 359 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.
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Home of the gentleman, David Fairchild, who started the USDA Plant Introduction Program. It is a fabulous building surrounded by an incredible collection of tropical fruits and other trees. The back yard even holds one of Alexander Graham Bell's last inventions. Fairchild was married to Bell.s daughter. Very interesting history.

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is such a beautiful place to visit if you come to coconut Grove make a quick stop and visit this amazing historical place in Miami. It has such beautiful views and so much to learn. I highly recommend it.

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Reviewed June 1, 2012

The Kampong is a gorgeous little retreat tucked away in the bustling Coconut Grove. If you visit, you will get to see undisturbed mangroves and other plant life. It is like a miniature Fairchild Gardens with a pretty house on the property.

5  Thank bigcitybeans
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

The tours are only given a few times a month. The rare plants and home are well worth the visit. You will need about three hours to tour the property and gardens. They also have many special events that are always fun and often include delicious food.

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Reviewed March 14, 2012

The Kampong home and gardens is a lovely, exotic surprise tucked away on nearly eleven lushly landscaped acres in Coconut Grove, with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay. The land originally belonging to some French aristos, was then purchased by a woman doctor who lived and worked there. In 1916, it was purchase for $25,000 by Alexander Graham Bell's daughter, Marian Fairchild, who lived there during winters with her husband, Dr. David Fairchild. As Director of Plant Introductions for the US Department of Agriculture , he collected and introduced over 30,000 plants and their variations from South and Central America, Africa, and Asia, planting many of them in his own garden. He selected rare, beautiful, exotic tropical plants, ranging from flowers, fruits, and the bread nut tree to the baobab, orange champaca, giant ficus, mango, pomelo, bamboo, and curry leaf trees. Kampong also boasts one of the largest salt water mangrove preserves in the area.

The estate was next purchased by Dr. Catherine Sweeney who was a preservationist and botanist. She not only made Kampong beautiful - she introduced landscaping, renovated the Southeast Asian- Spanish influenced home, and stocked it with beautiful art, sculpture, and yellow rosewood details - but ensured its future by registering it on the National Register of Historic Places. Place and eventually donating it to the Pacific Tropical Botanical Gardens.

It is not as easily accessible as most attractions. Kampong is also a research center so a visit requires a bit of planning. It is open Tues-Fri from 10-12 by appointment only. They offer two-hour guided tours on selected Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 and reservations are recommended, although four of us just were able to walk in one Wednesday and join the scheduled tour. The tours are given by volunteers who are enthusiastic and passionate about Kampong. The more important thing, however, is less what they have to say than that they enable you to visit and enjoy this beautiful place.

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