Unlike tending a cabbage patch, tending a flamingo garden requires no mulch or fertilizer, and rarely results in the adoption of eerily huggable dolls. Take the surprises out of garden growth with today’s Groupon to Flamingo Gardens in Davie. Choose between the following options:
- For $9, you get one adult admission (an $18 value)
- For $5, you get one children's admission (a $10 value, valid for visitors age 4–11). Children ages 3 and under are admitted free of charge.
Flamingo Gardens' 60 acres of explorable animal habitats delight bird watchers, mammal fanatics, and general nature enthusiasts alike. Those searching for flamingos and tired of the lawn variety can gaze upon a pond full of stoic avian fashionistas, complete with sparkling waterfalls and lush tropical vegetation. Within the 25,000-square-foot open-air aviary, one of the largest collections of wading birds in America delight onlookers, representing five ecosystems complete with a display of native plants. Mammalian contemplators can feast eyes upon panthers, bobcats, river otters, and other creatures difficult to find in the wild before checking out the other peaceful attractions. Swing by greenhouses, arboretums, and alligator habitats before wandering through the butterfly and hummingbird gardens to watch these majestic creatures flaunt their ribbon-winning tomato plants.
17th Annual Garden Festival & Bonsai Show at Flamingo Gardens
For 17 years, Flamingo Gardens has gathered plant experts, landscapers, and other gardening connoisseurs to its annual festival. This year, the Broward Bonsai Society joins in the fun with an exhibition of the varied shapes and levels of perfection its miniature trees can hold. Displays from Alexander Farms, Greenhouse Orchids, and other vendors entice the eyes while guests wander about, taking in colorful performances from butterfly stilt-walkers and West African drummers. At the Butterfly Encounter, guests learn lepidopterist lore from expert Mike Rich while feeding live butterflies and teaching them about the updated food pyramid.
Wee ones, meanwhile, can head to the Kids Gardening Zone to decorate their own pots and plant a seed or romp through the gardens on a scavenger hunt. Plant experts also hold classes and demonstrations, including "Mounting Orchids & Basic Orchid Culture," and take guests on guided tours through the botanical gardens.