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Vizcaya Gardens

The garden was made during the First World War using many features, including steps, balustrades, fountians and finials, purchased in Italy or copied from Italian gardens. The design is based on a cross-axis and includes terraces, pools, fountains, sculpture, urns and knot gardens. Florida's climate favours the lush planting. The spirit of the garden is perhaps more mannerist than high renaissance. Approx 1,000 workers were employed on the construction of the house and garden - nearly 10% of Miami's population at the time! The garden designer was Diego Suarez, who trained in Florence, Italy.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Biscayne Bay, 3251 S Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida, USA, FL 33131

All year (except Christmas). Daily. Open 9.30am to 4:30pm.

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  • over 3 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Wonderful, just like a dream. Dramatic opening on the sea. I loved the kiosk on the sea and the willow trees in the woods.
  • over 6 years by Charlotte 4 / 5

    There's no doubt that this is a beautiful garden by American standards - stunning views over Biscayne Bay and extraordinary statuary - but I was amazed .... I visited in February and there wasn't a single flower anywhere!! All the Florida gardens have flowers at this time of year ... so this was quite a disappointment!
  • about 8 years by Adfam Hodge 4 / 5

    An extraordinary juxtaposition from racy buzzy Miami. It has all the makings of a classic Italian garden even with the tropical choice of plants.
    I enjoyed the transports you to an elegant mood !

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Vizcaya Gardens, Miami Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Vizcaya Gardens, Florida Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Viczaya Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Vizcaya Gardens, February Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Pool, Vizcaya Gardens Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Vizcaya Gardens, 2010 Photograph © Charlotte Weychan