A TROPICAL OASIS IN THE HEART OF MIAMI
Founded in 1962, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a 2.6-acre green haven located in the Miami South Beach neighbourhood, near the Miami Convention Centre and the Holocaust Memorial.
An oasis in the heart of Miami's urban landscape, The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is home to the Japanese Garden, many waterfalls and other water features, the Great Lawn area and as well as the Edible Garden.
Fully renovated in 2011 under the direction of renowned Floridian landscape architect Raymond Jungles, this tropical oasis showcases many native Florida plants and trees (palms, orchids, bromeliads, cycad, ...).
Free to visit, it's the perfect spot for a relaxing moment away from the urban hecticness.
INSIDER TRAVEL TIPS
- The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is closed on monday and operates from Tuesday to Sunday (9am - 5pm).
- A metered parking available along the streets and in a small parking lot off 19th Street. The large parking lot off 19th Street is the Convention Center’s parking lot and costs $15 flat. The closest parking garage is at the intersection of Convention Center Drive and 17th Street and costs $1/hour.
- Free self-guided tours are available to learn all about the garden at your own pace: just snap a picture of the QR codes found at each of the 13 stopping points of the tour or call (305) 423.1525 for more information.
- The Garden offers tropical ice cream, locally made cookies, sodas and water. You are also welcome to bring your own food to enjoy at our café tables or picnic on the lawn. Lincoln Road is a pedestrian plaza located two blocks south of the Garden and offers a plethora of restaurants, cafés, and a Sunday farmer’s market.
- Dogs are allowed as long as their owners follows all City of Miami Beach pet ordinances, including keeping dogs leashed at all times, not tieing leashes to anything, and cleaning up any wastes.
- Smoking is allowed in designated areas.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden Map
- Calm and relaxing, this peaceful area of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is also one of its more popular spots, with its bright red bridge over a small pond graced by water lilies.
- Abiding by the ancient asian art of feng shui, the Japanese Garden embodies the spiritual and visual harmony of nature to magnify a feeling of peacefulness away from the city's stress.
- Oriental plants and trees abound, including tropical bamboo, red powder puff shrubs (Calliandra haematocephala), and golden trumpet trees (Tabebuia caribea) to provide aesthetic pleasure and picture-perfect settings for contemplation and meditation.
- Water is omnipresent everywhere you look around the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, thanks to Florida-born landscape architect Raymond Jungles who redesigned the gardens, focusing on the element of water because of its ability to "brings the sky into the garden, animates the space, reflects the landscape, and cools the areas directly around the buildings."
- Designed by Russian architect Morris Lapidus (who passed in Miami Beach in 2001), the renovated fountain just ouside the main office is only the first of many water features that have become the signature of the park.
- From the mineral fountain cascading into the main pond through to the nearby wetland area and its endemic vegetation such as red mangroves and pond apple trees, the water features abond with aquatic animal life such as dragonflies, japanese carps, and freshwater angelfishes, as well as a lone yet elusive turtle known to meddle with the occasional toads.
- The Edible Garden is a welcomed initiative from local Non Profit Organizations such as The Miami Beach Garden Club, the Miami Beach Garden Conservancy and the local chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international organization of women in the field of food and gastronomy.
- Featuring edible tropical plants such as coffee, figs, pineapples, and pomegranates, the Edible Garden ambitions to be sustainable and educational source naturally grown food.
- The staff regularly harvests fresh food from the Edible Garden to be featured in various events.
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