The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden

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The Kampong - National Tropical Botanical Garden

Located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, it contains a fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees.

In 1916 Dr. David Fairchild, a renowned explorer/horticulturist for whom Fairchild Tropical Garden was named, and his wife Marian, daughter of Alexander Graham Bell, purchased the property and named it The Kampong - a Malay word for a village, or a cluster of dwellings for an extended family. Some of the first plantings there came from Indo-Malaysia, brought there by Dr. Fairchild, who introduced these species to the United States.

In 1928 the Fairchilds built a house (designed by Edward Clarence Dean) that still exists within the gardens, and made it their permanent home after David Fairchild retired. In 1984 the building was entered into the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1963, the property was purchased by Edward Cleaveland and Dr. Catherine Hauberg Sweeney. The Sweeneys were world travelers and Mr. Sweeney served as president of the Explorers Club. Dr. Sweeney, a botanist, philanthropist, and preservationist, had the means and the expertise to preserve Dr. Fairchild’s unique plant collections. She was primarily responsible for preserving this irreplaceable botanical treasure for future generations and transforming it into a botanical garden. She has been referred to as the “Savior of The Kampong.” in 1984 Dr. Sweeney gifted the garden and buildings to the the National Tropical Botanical Garden. She remained a principal sponsor until her death in 1995.

The gardens contain a diverse array of plants from the tropics and warm subtropics, including tropical fruits, palms, flowering trees, flowering shrubs, and vines.The focus at yhe institution is education, using the property’s unparalleled living collections. Tours are available by appointment.

Self-Guided tours:
Reservations required by phone or e-mail
Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Hours: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Online reservations close approximately 48 hours before day of tour. Please call the Kampong Office at (305) 442-7169 to check for remaining availability.

Guided Tours:
(September to June): Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30AM and 12 NOON
Reservations required; phone (305) 442-7169.

Entrance Fees:
Adults (13 yrs. and above) US$20;
Ages 62 and over or students with I.D. US$15;
Children 4-12 yrs. US$10;
Children 3 yrs. and under when accompanied by adult - free

Bus/Metrorail services:
Plan on purchasing a US$ 5.65 one-day or US$ 29.25 7-day transit pass (called EASY Ticket).
C (103) From 41st. Street, Miami Beach via Collins and Washington Avenue to Miami Downtown Government Center. Every 20 mins.
S 119 From Sunny Isles Beach, North and South Beach via Collins Ave to Miami Downtown Government Center. Every 15 mins.

At Miami Downtown Government Center ascend to the Metrorail station using your Easy Ticket. Take the southbound train and alight at Douglas Road Station, which is the fourth stop.

Descend to street level and take the No. 37 bus in the southbound direction (South Miami Station). Runs every 30 minutes.

Driving directions:
From Miami and Miami Beach
Take Interstate 95 (I-95) South to US 1.
Continue on US 1 (South Dixie Highway) to SW 37th Avenue (Douglas Road).
Turn left onto SW 37th Avenue (Douglas Road)
Drive approximately 1 mile.
The gardens are located 100 yards (.05 miles) past Main Highway (third traffic light beyond U.S. 1)
Turn left into entrance. Watch for a 7-foot coral rock wall with vines, and a large Ficus tree inside a small semicircular entrance.

Location and Contact:
The Kampong
4013 S. Douglas Road
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Telephone: 305 442 7169


The Kampong1

Kampong 2
The Kampong. View from the house
The Kampong. View towards the bay

The Kampong 5

The Kampong 6
The Kampong. Orchid
The Kampong. Japanese Garden

Link to The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden