The Garden Landscape Guide

The Kampong

Horticulturalist and plant collector Dr David Fairchild bought the property in 1916 and named it "The Kampong" (Malay word for village or cluster of houses for an extended family). He used The Kampong as an introduction garden for specimens collected on his expeditions. The garden is notable for its flowering trees and tropical fruit cultivars.

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4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, USA, FL 33133

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  • over 6 years by Adam Hodge 4 / 5

    I would concur with Charlotte ! Having visited this garden in early January, it was wonderful to admire a fabulous selection of trees, especially the Ficus ,sporting amazing buttress roots and curtains of aerial roots. I was in awe.
  • over 6 years by Charlotte 5 / 5

    An absolutely wonderful garden .... steeped in history ... and former home of Dr David Fairchild (whose name was given to the wonderful Fairchild Botanical Gardens nearby). Don't be put off by the signs on the gate that say the garden is only open by appointment. it is open Tuesday - Friday from 10.00-14.00, but you need to drive in and pay at the house.
    Walk down to the point for fabulous views across Biscayne Bay and if you're really lucky, you'll run into head gardener, Dunstan, who is a mine of information.
    There's always something in flower here and the collection of trees is quite amazing, including the Red Silk tree, with its remarkable flowers.

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Fountain, The Kampong Photograph © Karl Gercens
The Kampong Photograph © Karl Gercens
The Kampong Garden Photograph © Karl Gercens
The Kampong, Florida Photograph © Karl Gercens
Pond, The Kampong Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Red Silk Tree Flower Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Fountain, The Kampong Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Holmskioldia sanguinea, The Kampong Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Calabash Tree, The Kampong Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
The Kampong, Florida Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
The Kampong, Miami Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge