Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Featuring rare plants of South Florida & Caribbean
Leaders: Jennifer Possley, Conservation Team Leader & Field Biologist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Start Time at Site: 10:00 AM
End Time at Site: 3:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: Partial
Guided tour 10 AM-noon, followed by a narrated tram tour and visiting other areas on your own. You may enjoy the garden on your own until closing at 4:30, but 3:00 is a good departure time to avoid the heaviest traffic.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an oasis in the city and a Miami must-see. Meet at the Visitor’s Center for a walking tour that will feature Florida native plants as well as some of the garden’s more unusual non-natives, such as the giant baobab tree and the cannonball tree. Attendees will also get a behind-the-scenes look at Fairchild’s Million Orchid Project, our rare fern propagation procedures, and our “Connect to Protect Network” which encourages Miami homeowners to plant pine rockland plants in their home gardens.
After the tour concludes around noon, guests can get lunch at the onsite restaurant or have their own picnic. Then take a narrated tram tour (hourly), visit the butterfly conservatory and other exhibits, and peruse the shop. See Fairchild Garden website. They can also explore the neighboring Miami-Dade County preserve, Matheson Hammock Park.
(Note: If you are attending the FNPS board or council of chapters meeting, you should leave at least 1.5 hours before the meeting.)
Fee: $7. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has generously waived the usual entrance fee for those signed up for this tour including time spent within the gardens after the walk.
What to bring: Wear sneakers, comfortable clothes and bring the usual sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, drinking water, a hat, etc. Bring a lunch if you don’t wish to purchase one at the café.
Accessibility: Most things will be ADA accessible, save for a few brief stops (for example, our Sunken Garden).
Directions to gathering point at Fairchild Visitor Center, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Miami, FL 33156*:
Note: This route may include a toll road, FL 836 (SunPass or Toll-By-Plate).
1. Head East on US-41 to SW 137th Ave (go 4 miles)
2. Turn left (North) at SW 137th Ave (go 1 mile)
3. Merge onto FL-836 East (go 5 miles)
4. Merge onto FL-826 South/Palmetto Expressway (go 3.5 miles)
5. Palmetto Expressway merges with US1 (go just 0.1 mile)
6. Turn left onto SW 104th St (if you cannot merge left quickly enough you can take a left at the next light at SW 112th Street instead)
7. Continue on SW 104th St (or 112th St) to SW 57th Ave/Red Rd (go 4 miles)
8. Turn right on SW 57th Ave (go <1 mile)
9. Turn left at the traffic light at Old Cutler Rd (go 1 mile)
10. The garden entrance is on your right, 10901 Old Cutler Rd
*Note: Click link (gathering point address above) for real-time directions from your location using Google Maps. If you would like to view directions from the Miccosukee Resort, enter the starting point as 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194. By allowing more time than you think is required, you can make your ride there more relaxing.
GPS Location: 25.67877 -80.27366