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South Florida’s subtropical climate is the reason for its thousands of tourists, snowbirds, actual birds and plants species that we see thriving in Miami. The weather can be simultaneously wet and warm, creating the perfect conditions for the vegetative growth and botanical magic that Miami has become famous for. Prepare to plan a field trip to your local garden; after you read this guide to the top five botanic gardens in Miami, you won’t be able to resist the temptation of immersing yourself in the beauty and tranquility of these marvelous gardens.
Did you know that there are over 50 different types of mango? Astonishing, isn’t it? At The Kampong botanical gardens in Miami you can see and taste these different varieties. The mango tree is very common to South Florida and every local knows at least one person that is lucky enough to have one in their backyard. The Kampong is known for displaying the beautiful flowering trees and tropical fruits that are native to South Florida.
Upon entering the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, one of the first things that people notice is the intoxicating smell of the ylang-ylang tree, which competes with the frangipani for the best scent in the garden. These are only two of the hundreds of different plants and flower species that grow in this tropical paradise. Here, you can find a myriad of options to entice your senses in multiple ways. You’ll also find palms, orchids, butterflies, birds, fountains and a even a Japanese garden, all of which are guaranteed to inculcate you with an aura of serenity. And, guess what? For all you yoga enthusiasts, they offer Saturday morning yoga classes in the garden for only $15 a person!
Featuring exotic and native tropical plants, sinuous rock formations and winding water features, the Pinecrest Gardens are truly a wonder to behold. The northeastern portion of Pinecrest Gardens features a one-acre cypress slough with bald cypress, a deciduous conifer and an undergrowth of ferns. The cypress hammock was once part of the largest cypress forest in South Florida. The Pinecrest Gardens hold their own with regards to Florida’s best botanic gardens, providing a unique visitor experience for every age and interest. Admission is only $5 and they stay open until 5pm on weekdays and weekends.