Virtual Palm Tour of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Text and photos provided by Katherine Maidman, Former Palm Curator, FTBG

Located on Old Cutler Road in Miami, Florida, is an 83-acre botanical garden with a world-renowned collection of tropical plants. It was born of the need for a place to grow, test, and learn about tropical exotic plants collected by the famous plant explorer David Fairchild.vista04.jpg (47066 bytes) His friend, Colonel Robert Montgomery, a New York accountant, lawyer, and great plant enthusiast, launched the creation of the garden by choosing the site and buying the initial acreage. The Garden is on the shore of Biscayne Bay and straddles the rim of a high limestone escarpment. Fairchild and Montgomery hired the master landscape architect, William Lyman Phillips, to design the garden, who foresaw a smaller upland area that would provide breathtaking vistas of open lowlands (right), with lakes and the ocean sky beyond. Montgomery had only one real requirement of his own for the Garden: a palmetum. Today, the Montgomery Palmetum represents the heart of the Garden’s palm collection, which is one of the largest and most diverse in the world. There are more than 1500 palm accessions planted in the Garden, with 128 genera and more than 500 identified species represented.


Click on the gate to enter Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Speckled_Gradient.gif (2795 bytes)

Thumbnail map of Fairchild Tropical Garden

Or click on the thumbnail image to see an enlarged map of the Garden.

Speckled_Gradient.gif (2795 bytes)

Click here to go to back to the PACSOF home page.

Speckled_Gradient.gif (2795 bytes)

This site is copyrighted 1998-2006, Palm & Cycad Societies of Florida, Inc.
For questions or comments, e-mail the webmaster.
Internet hosting provided by Zone 10, Inc.