The Kampong

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11 acres of exotic plants surround guests as they follow guides and learn of legendary botanist David Fairchild before touring his house

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Promotional value expires Feb 12, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per pair per visit. Reservation required; individual tours subject to availability. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Maximum of 24 visitors per tour. Valid only for tickets on listed dates, may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates. Entire value must be used in a single visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

  • $21.99 for a garden tour for two (up to a $40 value)

Guided tours explore the 11-acre Kampong garden populated by an 80-year-old baobab tree, cocoplum trees, and more than 50 mango varieties. Visitors learn about legendary botanist and plant explorer David Fairchild and see his home and study, where he wrote about many of his expeditions. Visitors should allow at least an hour for the tour. See the link in the sidebar for a list of valid tour dates and times.

The Kampong

After changing hands many times between 1882 and 1916, the property that would eventually be known as The Kampong—which means "village" in Malay—was snatched up by David Fairchild and his wife Marian, a daughter of Alexander Graham Bell. Fairchild was one of the most influential horticulturists in the United States, devoting his life to plant exploration and finding new strains of flora suitable for introduction to the states. Though he and his wife spent much of their time in Washington DC until 1928, The Kampong became an "introduction garden" for many of the plants he collected during his travels.

After constructing a house on the garden property in 1928, the Fairchilds made Miami their permanent home, and they were eventually joined by Marian's sister and her husband on the adjoining property. Today, as part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, most of the adjoining property has been absorbed to be part of The Kampong, creating more than 11 acres of verdant gardens. Inside the leafy labyrinth, many of the experimental plants still thrive, including an 80-year-old baobab tree, more than 50 mango varieties.

Customer Reviews

We brought a picnic lunch and ate it by the most beautiful area by the water
Kimberly P. · December 13, 2014
Pack a lunch and stay to picnic. The views are amazing!
Ingrid S. · February 28, 2014
What a beautiful place.. The hour tour is such a learning experience about the trees and plants we see everyday in our own neighborhoods here in Miam.. Will recommend to others and will return.
Lisa D. · December 26, 2013

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