Tropical Splendor

Allow me to share snippets from my Sunday afternoon walk through Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida.

Established in 1936 and named for Dr. David Fairchild, foremost USDA botanist and plant explorer, its 83-acres host one of the world’s best tropical botanic gardens.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Walking its extensive paths, or riding the tram, you pass internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species.

Rainbow Eucalyptus

Rainbow Eucalyptus

Euclayptus Deglupta

Banana Hands

Banana Hands

I counted 11 ponds and lakes stretching across the eastern side of the gardens.

Overlook

Overlook

Varieties of visitors enjoy the calm clear pools.

Imagination

Imagination

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Waterlily Twins

Waterlily Twins

Almost every visitor had a camera. I saw many point-and-shooters, a gaggle of camera enthusiasts trailing their photography instructor, and a few sporting professional equipment.

Too Lovely Not to Photograph

Too Lovely Not to Photograph


Around the southern periphery of the gardens, I found two white ibis intent on grooming their pristine plumage.

White Ibis Grooming

White Ibis Grooming

An enormous Chihuly sculpture grabs center stage just inside the Windows to the Tropics Conservatory.

Chihuly Glass Sculpture

Chihuly Glass Sculpture

Within that building, I discovered a world of beauteous tropical blooms. I promise to share them with you next week.

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4 thoughts on “Tropical Splendor

  1. I love the Rainbow Eucalyptus. There’s one around the corner from us and I always stop to see it…Thank you for the beautiful pics. I think I’ll go next Sunday…Love you.

  2. Free on Sundays! Now that is a treat, I’ll take my Mom.

    When I go, I will pause and take in the detail and hopefully I will have a camera in hand.

    Thanks Karen, God is definitely the master craftsman.

  3. Its always nice to take a tour without leaving my house in South Daytona at 5:24 am…. Wonderful views Of Fairchild Gardens thanks for your thoughtful pics. Visiting gardens are always an enlightment!

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