Botan­i­cal Gardens


ANN NOR­TON SCULPTURE GARDENS— Established in 1977, the gardens are home to 100 works by the sculp­tor, in­clud­ing her nine mon­u­men­tal works hid­den among rare palms on the prop­erty. Also see the artist’s stu­dio, where works in bronze, stone and wood tower over vis­i­tors, and her his­toric home, which was re­designed by Palm Beach ar­chi­tect Mar­ion Sims Wyeth in 1934 and added—along with the stu­dio and gardens—to the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places in 1995. The New York Times says not to miss this stop when vist­ing Palm Beach County. Tours are self-guided; guided group tours must be ar­ranged in ad­vance. Ad­mis­sion $5. W-Su, 10 am- 4 pm. 2051 S. Fla­gler Drive, West Palm Beach, 561.832.5328. BONNET HOUSE MU­SEUM & GARDENS— This Fort Laud­erdale prop­erty was bought in the 19th century by Hugh Tay­lor Birch (the lush state park just south of Bonnet House bears his name). Birch be­queathed the prop­erty to his artsy daugh­ter and son-in-law who de­signed a Mediter­ranean-style plan­ta­tion house and dec­o­rated it with a shell mu­seum, aviary and trop­i­cal court­yard. The bright hues are a feast for the eyes. The house is pre­served and main­tained in its orig­i­nal state, with orig­i­nal fur­nish­ings and art­work. The sur­round­ing grounds are home to one of the largest or­chid col­lec­tions in the south­east United States. Closed Mon­days. www.bon­net­ 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Laud­erdale, 954.563.5393. FAIRCHILD TROP­I­CAL BOTANIC GAR­DEN— One of the world’s pre-em­i­nent botan­i­cal gardens, Fairchild sits on 83 acres filled with rare trop­i­cal plants from around the world. It of­fers nar­rated tram tours, and the Gar­den Café serves lunch. Open daily 9:30 am- 4:30 pm. Adults $25, $18 for se­niors over 65, $12 for chil­dren 6-17, chil­dren 5 and un­der and Fairchild mem­bers free. www. fairchildgar­ 10901 Old Cut­ler Road, Co­ral Gables, 305.667.1651. MIAMI BEACH BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN— Dis­cover the his­tory of Miami Beach through its botany, at this 2.6-acre lushly land­scaped oa­sis just blocks from South Beach. The Miami Beach Botan­i­cal Gar­den show­cases more than 60 va­ri­eties of na­tive Florida plants and trees in­clud­ing or­chids, palms and bromeli­ads. Other high­lights in­clude a Ja­panese gar­den, wa­ter ponds and an ed­i­ble gar­den. Open Tu-Su, 9 am-5 pm. Free ad­mis­sion; a $5-per-per­son do­na­tion is sug­gested for group tours. www.mb­gar­ 2000 Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Drive, Miami Beach, 305.673.7256. MORIKAMI MU­SEUM AND JA­PANESE GARDENS— Un­cover a des­ti­na­tion that tran­scends time and place nes­tled in South Florida. For close to 40 years, Morikami Mu­seum and Ja­panese Gardens has of­fered vis­i­tors a win­dow to Ja­pan through 16 acres of sprawl­ing his­toric gardens, a world-class bon­sai dis­play, cap­ti­vat­ing ex­hibits that fea­ture art and ar­ti­facts from its 7,000+ per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, sig­na­ture cui­sine and mu­seum store. www.morikami. org. 4000 Morikami Park Road, Del­ray Beach, 561.495.0233.

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