Escape to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden!

 
The moon and the palms © Britt Conley

The moon and the palms © Britt Conley

Looking outside my window, I see sun and snow and snow and more snow. It’s nice how the sun is glistening on it but after weeks of this… not that nice. So today I posting a day from my trip to Fairchild Tropical and Botanical Garden in Coral Gables, Florida, this recent December.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens © Britt Conley

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens © Britt Conley

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is about many things, education, flowers, science, conservation and more.  For me, one of the greatest things about the Fairchild experience are the Palms.  No where in the US are there as many diverse options than here at Fairchild.   The garden holds 541 separate species of palm within this tropical pardise.

A lovely bench in the middle of The Lowlands at Fairchild © Britt Conley

A lovely bench in the middle of The Lowlands at Fairchild © Britt Conley

According to Fairchild, “with about 550 taxa, there are more palms per square foot on public display at Fairchild than anywhere else in the world. Their good health is a testament to expert care provided by Christie Jones, Curator of Palms and Cycads, who is assisted by a dedicated Grounds team and over twenty-five volunteers. Ken Neugent, Nursery Manager, and Devon Powell, Nursery Horticulturist, nurture thousands of palms each year, from seed to plant.”  Even though I wasn’t even sure what the difference was between a palm and a cycad I was enthralled with the sheer variety.

Palms © Britt Conley

Palms © Britt Conley

The Palms encompass a huge area that often is divided up by seemingly little islands.  Half the fun is getting to them.  This fantastic grassy causeway (below) offers amazing views and is a great place to photograph.  On the other side were giant flower sculptures by artist Yayoi Kusama.

causewa © Britt Conley

causeway © Britt Conley

There are also little bridges that lead you to even more picture perfect places.

A bridge in The Lowlands © Britt Conley

A bridge in The Lowlands © Britt Conley

Amidst the wildlife are birds as well as those famous iguanas and Anoles that scurry about.

A bird in the lade at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens © Britt Conley

A Double Cormorant in the lake at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens © Britt Conley

Just when you think you’ve seen all the cool palms you can find even more great paths underneath even another variety of palm.  Just a great way to spend a day.

A path under the palms © Britt Conley

A path under the palms © Britt Conley

The Bailey Palm Glade offers a formal garden features these great giants.  The view from here is amazing!

Bailey Palm Glade © Britt Conley

Bailey Palm Glade © Britt Conley

Fairchild also has an entire Cycad Vista to walk through!

Cycad Vista © Britt Conley

Cycad Vista © Britt Conley

With all the stunning vistas here I honestly didn’t want to leave.  This visit was the very last location of my first ever Photo Garden Bee Tour.  What a stunning way to end a fantastic journey around many of Florida’s great gardens.  I still have more posts from the tour coming ahead!

Well, it’s back to the snow for me but before I do that… one more look at these warm weathered photos and perhaps another cup of tea!  Stay warm everyone!

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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