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Coral Gables: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden


Coral Gables, Florida

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has what’s been called the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads found in its 83-acres.

The Garden itself was named after the famous plant explorer David Fairchild (1869-1954) who retired to Miami in 1935. There, he teamed with Col. Robert H. Montgomery, a retired accountant, along with other horticulturists and plant enthusiasts and landscape architect William Lyman Phillips. Phillips, who was a member of the Frederick Law Olmsted partnership and a leading landscape designer in South Florida during the 1930s, provided the original design.

Today, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden showcases its extensive collections of rare tropical plants with Phillips’ classic landscape design.

Selby_Cattleya_luddenmanniana_smThe Fairchild rainforest is a two-acre, outdoor exhibit of tropical rainforest plants from around the world, especially plants of the American tropics. The adjacent conservatory contains rainforest plants that will not survive outdoors in subtropical south Florida.

What’s Special

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s DiMare Science Village covers more than 25,000 square feet and featuring five buildings including the Clinton Family Conservatory’s Wings of the Tropics Butterfly exhibit – with 3,000 butterflies.

Fairchild’s homeschool guided programs are especially designed for children between the ages of 5-12 and include hands-on lessons.

Fairchild also enjoys a global reputation as a conservation and education-based garden, with field programs in over 20 countries, including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.


Located in metro Miami, just south of Coral Gables.

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, FL 33156



Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden

Berlin Agave Yucca ForestDBG

The Desert Botanical Garden, located among the red buttes of Papago Park, showcases the unique beauty of the Sonoran Desert. This 145-acre southwest desert garden has more than 50,000 desert plants –  Cactaceae (Cactus), Agavaceae (Agaves), and Aloaceae (Aloes) — along with 169 rare or endangered plant species, especially from  the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico.

Special attractions includetThe Desert Discovery Loop Trail with access the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries, the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest, the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail, the seasonal butterfly exhibits in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion and the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail. (Does the cholla cactus really jump? You’ll find out!)

Open daily, except July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008

Photo: Berlin Agave Yucca Forest, Desert Botanical Garden

Website: Desert Botanical Garden