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“Paradise for people interested in botanical gardens”
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.
Jackson, Mississippi
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Paradise for people interested in botanical gardens”
Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I spent the whole day before at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. It is truly wonderful, but was crowded. The 11 acre Kampong which was once David Fairchild's home is a different experience. Here are some of the plants that the famous explorer/horticulturalist collected. Those who love botanical gardens should not pass this one up. As we walked down the drive, I felt as if we had entered the private garden of the man himself. And we had. Magnificent!

Visited April 2013
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Miami, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very interesting sometimes, boring at times”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is a wonderful garden but I would say go to Fairchild first. I went there with hubby and he got bored quite quickly. I am interested by trees and fruit so I was in my element. The fact that it's a guided tour can be a problem for those who would just tour it in 30 minutes.

The guides are volunteers so they don't know everything although they try their best. Bring mosquito repellent, hats and sunscreen, and also water, since the visit lasted 2 hours and there are no fountains.

The view is wonderful and you will take nice pictures if you love to take snapshots.

Visited April 2013
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Cutler Bay, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Quietly refreshing low key excellence in nature and habitat history”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is a superb, quiet, peaceful treasure where regular glitzy tourists don't go because they don't know or probably care about educational oasi like Fairchild Gardens, Viscaya, and similar venues! This is quietly and easily accesible in Coconut Grove at the residence of the early Flrida icon, David Fairchild and wife. The history is delicious, as are their museumly preserved furnishings and structures. The Breeze on their waterfront is to like down and die in. . . .a quiet place to meet with special nature appreciating colleagues, or clients. . .or prospective clients. . . .this is the caliber of old world old money that quietly accomplishes most of what got done on the side of humanity and science. .. .but please sample their unpretentious outstanding excellence, quietly preserved for a discerning few. . . enjoy!

Visited April 2013
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Miramar, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A morning stroll”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The private estate home of David Fairchild is off the beaten path in Coconut Grove. My husband, sister and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the garden, tropical plants, flowering trees, fruit trees and exotic transplants from around the world thanks to the worldwide travels of David Fairchild. Location, location, location....right on Biscayne Bay...a site to behold in itself. If you're into nature and history, this is the place to explore. No gift shop just beauty and imagination. A simple estate with no real bells and whistles. Just calm serenity among lovely trees to behold.

Visited March 2013
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98 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great for a short visit”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

You may want to stop by if you're in the area. It really is not a big property and it won't take more than one hour's visit to see it all. You may be tempted to linger because it is interesting and beautiful. An oasis off the very beaten path.

Visited September 2012
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