Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables is a truly remarkable setting on over 80 acres of land. Walk through the garden on it's winding paths and enjoy all that South Florida nature has to offer. Bring an appetite for learning and exploration and enjoy talks with expert horticulturists, view amazing art and take classes on topics ranging from grafting to photography. When you need to take a rest, take a seat and watch the birds and the butterflies as they flit about on their daily chores. See a plant you would love to have in your own garden? Stop by the Shop at Fairchild and bring home a special souvenir or seeds to plant. Several events are hosted at the garden including plant sales, holiday celebrations and festivals.
The Science Village Complex & Wings of the Tropics Conservatory is a must stop on your trip to Fairchild. Walk through the Wings of The Tropics Conservatory where literally hundreds of colorful butterflies fly amongst tropical plants, amazing orchids, and colorful fish. The Glasshouse Cafe serves up delectable food as well as stunning views into the Conservatory where you can watch a moving rainbow of butterflies while you eat. Watch as butterfly pupae are cared for in the Vollmer Metamorphosis Lab or watch as the chrysalises hatch in real time. It is from here that the 3,000 butterflies, 40 species or more at a time, literally take flight into the Wings of the Tropics. The Science Village is home to scholars from local Universities doing research and grant work. They also have an outreach program for students to learn about Tropical biodiversity from as young as pre-schoolers to graduate students!
The Mission of the Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an international leader in tropical plant research. The work they do plays an important part in preserving the biodiversity of the tropical environment. Their efforts save tropical plants, habitats and cultures from devastation. Fairchild operates the Fairchild Farm Genetic Facility, located in Homestead, which is home to one of the world's best collections of tropical fruit. Fresh fruit smoothies and fruit produced from the living collections are now available to the public at the Fruit Market at the Fairchild Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Have questions about your own yard? The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Living Collections and Garden Landscapes Hotline is a free telephone plant information service available to the public. For any questions on plants, please call 305.667.1651 ext. 3317 or email:Horticulture@fairchildgarden.org.
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Shop at Fairchild:
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Science Village Complex & Wings of the Tropics Conservatory:
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Glasshouse Café & The Lakeside Café:
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
***If you have a membership to another garden, please check if you are in the network of American Horticultural Society's Reciprocity Admissions Program and you may be able to get in FREE or at a reduced cost!**