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“Mostly lovely, exotic collection, some too-artificially groomed”
Review of The Kampong

The Kampong
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Private Half Day Miami City Tour
Ranked #49 of 344 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.
south Florida
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“Mostly lovely, exotic collection, some too-artificially groomed”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Given what we now know of the dangers of bringing in exotic species that can invade and overrun indigenous species, a botanical collection like the Kampong could not come into existence today. But this site has served a purpose for much legitimate botanical research, and the house has historical and architectural interest—most notably, a gathering of government bureaucrats planned and created Everglades National Park in this house.

Annual membership grants access earlier in the day, allowing more creative morning-light photography for those so inclined. Some docents of the guided tours are more knowledgeable than others. It seemed almost as if the guide on our recent visit spent more time telling us what she did *not* know than what she did. Still, we found it interesting, and certainly lovely. But the grounds east of the house, toward the bay, are overly groomed to the point of seeming almost artificial. And we found it odd that they would allow the dock area to remain littered (perhaps they cleaned it soon after our visit.)

If you enjoy botany and a bit of local history, it's worth the visit.

Visited June 2013
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Plantation, Florida
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“Dont walk, Run there”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Great location, beautiful views of the bay, so peaceful, so many examples of edible trees, mangos, avocados, berries, exotics, and more. Just love it here. Is where Dr Fairchild, yes of Fairchild Gardens, lived. So its his own personal collection. Is a must for me.

Visited December 2012
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Jackson, Mississippi
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“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
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“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
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“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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