Garden Collections and Exhibits

 Wings of the Tropics Conservatory
The Wings of the Tropics exhibit is located in The Clinton Family Conservatory and features thousands of exotic butterflies along with tropical fish and some of the world's most beautiful rare plants. You will see the Blue Morpho, Owl, Bamboo Page, and Leopard Lacewing butterflies, along with 40 more species. There are butterfly releases twice daily, giving visitors a chance to experience these winged wonders up close. Visitors will also enjoy the views into the Vollmer Metamorphosis Lab, featuring a stunning butterfly chrysalis display, as well as several butterfly breeding displays. Learn more...

Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House 
The Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House is a 16,500 square-foot conservatory with extensive displays of 450 species of plants from the tropics. In its two levels of beautiful indoor gardens are rare palms, cycads, ferns, orchids, aroids, bromeliads, fruit trees and unusual vines. Exhibits are based on themes such as plant coloration, plant-animal interactions, plant reproduction, and diversity of form and function. Here you can enjoy the beautiful red sealing wax palms (Cyrtostachys renda) as well as the stunning Corchid Tree, two pools featuring the charismatic fish, African cichlids as well as Dale Chihuly's End of Day Tower and Ikebana sculptures. Learn more...

William F. Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion
The William F. Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion, is an exhibit that features the most exotic tropical fruit species only found in places like Borneo, the Amazon, Indonesia, Thailand and other exotic locations. Here, you can see Durians, Vanilla, Chocolate, Mangosteens, and much more. Learn more...

The Edible Garden
The Edible Garden, located next to the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion, provides examples of tropical fruit, vegetables, medicinal plants and herbs that can easily grow in the urban landscape. The Edible Garden aims to demonstrate to visitors that any home garden can be converted into a beautiful landscape and productive kitchen garden where one can reap the benefits and enjoyment of eating quality, organically grown food. Learn more...

Montgomery Palmetum
The Montgomery Palmetum is a world-renowned botanical display and research collection of palms from all parts of the world and is generally recognized as the most important documented palm collection on earth. The Montgomery Palmetum is 13 acres and displays 1000 palms. 

Moos Sunken Garden
In 1947, Mrs. J. B. Moos, a Fairchild Life Member, passed away. Mrs. Moos’ daughter and grandson visited the Garden and picked a desirable location as a memorial for Mrs. Catherine and Joseph B. Moos. William Lyman Phillips, the Garden's landscape architect, designed this memorial. Many of the original plantings came from Mrs. Moos’ garden. It was created during the summer of 1948. The area chosen was a natural solution hole where the sea had washed soil away from the soft limestone rock, creating a depression. This area was deepened and ferns and other rock-loving plants were planted to create a lovely, quiet, area for reflection. A small pool and waterfall was created. It continues today to be a wonderful place to pause and enjoy the beauty of nature. 

Richard H. Simons Rainforest
The Richard H. Simons Rainforest is a two-acre exhibit with species collected by Fairchild plant scientists from tropical forests throughout the world. It also features stunning waterfalls and meandering streams as well as hundreds of orchids, aroids, palms, ferns, bromeliads and many more rainforest plants. The Simons Rainforest offers visitors the opportunity to experience the important cooling effects of rainforests reinforcing the necessity to conserve the world's dwindling rainforest ecosystems. Learn more...

Liberty Hyde Bailey Palm Glade
The Bailey Palm Glade features a display of beautiful palms and provides a long, narrow view across the Garden's landscape, eastward toward mangrove preserves and Biscayne Bay. The Overlook, an octagonal landscape "room," offers a wide, panoramic view of the Garden's lowland areas and lakes, providing a striking architectural counterpart to the narrow view of the Bailey Palm Glade.

Lisa D. Anness South Florida Butterfly Garden
The Lisa D. Anness South Florida Butterfly Garden displays both nectar and larval host plants for more than 40 species of Florida butterflies. With support from Mr. Larry Rutherford and the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, the development of the Lisa D. Anness South Florida Butterfly Garden celebrates the diversity of butterfly species in the region and provides a template for local gardeners. Learn more...

Overlook and Allée
The land on which the Garden was created, consisted of the upland with a strong slope or escarpment one hundred to two hundred feet wide joining the ‘lowland’ or marine salt flat area approximately 18’ below it. Phillips considered the escarpment the boldest topographical feature. One of the main features created utilizing this feature was the Allée and Overlook. The Allée consists of a long walk from the Phillips entrance to the Overlook terrace. The vista along the wide and straight grass path is very effective for its sense of surprise. At the western end of the walk, only a view of distant trees is visible, then slowly, as one walks east, down the Allée, a view unfolds: Pandanus Lake, the Pandanus trees bordering the south side of the lake and palms on the north and east end. The Overlook is an area octagonal in shape bordered by a low rock wall on three sides. When one stands at the Overlook there is an impression of great height although it is actually only fifteen feet. The view is a wide, panoramic scene of lakes with mangroves in the far distance. Learn more...

Tropical Flowering Tree Arboretum, Vine Pergola and Geiger Tropical Flower Garden
The Tropical Flowering Tree Arboretum is a 12-acre display of 740 species of tropical flowering trees, shrubs and vines, collected from all tropical regions of the world. Arranged by plant family, these collections show a magnificent diversity of form, structure, texture, color and fragrance. Adjacent to the Arboretum is the 700-foot long Vine Pergola, an historic stone and wood arbor supporting a dazzling array of tropical flowering vines of every imaginable shape and color, including the spectacular Jade Vine. Don't miss the Geiger Tropical Flower Garden featuring a lovely exhibit of colorful tropical flowering plants from around the world. 

Arid and Succulent Garden 
Strikingly different types of plants can be seen growing as the dominant plantings in the Arid and Succulent Garden. These plants can be found representing many families, but share the common environmental characteristic of growing in places that have very little precipitation, extremely well-draining soil and high temperatures.

Lin Lougheed Spiny Forest of Madagascar
The Lin Lougheed Spiny Forest of Madagascar displays dry forest plants from Madagascar which are appropriate for South Florida's climate. The spiny forest of Madagascar is one of the world's most unique ecosystems, and the plantings in this exhibit highlight Fairchild's conservation efforts and demonstrate a water-friendly landscape. Learn more...

Sibley Victoria Pool
Fairchild is the only garden in the U.S. to feature the Victoria water lilies outdoors. Experience the beauty and magnitude of the world's largest water lily. Learn more...

Garden Club of America Amphitheater
Fairchild created an exhibit of tropical plants for the 1939 World's Fair in New York. This exhibit was seen by garden club members nationwide. As a result, the Garden was presented with the Garden Club of America Founders Fund for 1940. Garden club members met with Fairchild landscape architect, William Phillips, to decide on a project. He suggested an outdoor meeting place to be called an amphitheater. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began the excavation of Royal Palm Lake and built the rock retaining wall which forms a boundary around the semicircular amphitheater. A speaker’s dias was created on a raised platform with a stone screen wall behind it. A round pool was constructed in front of the dias. Phillips carefully planted the area south of the dias and platform with a collection of tall palms. He considered the amphitheater to be an area of quiet formal scenery which was a contrast and change from other areas of the Garden.

Keys Coastal Habitat
The Keys Coastal Habitat, developed in partnership with the Tropical Audubon Society, is a four-acre naturalistic habitat featuring a densely planted collection of species native to South Florida, especially those of the Florida Keys. It has been planted to attract migratory birds and other wildlife, giving an overview of the local environment and the interactions of plants and animals. Learn more...

Pine Rockland Exhibit
South Florida was once covered in pines. Our native pine Pinus elliottii var. densa once blanketed the east coast, mixing with saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), coontie (Zamia integrifolia), and a stunning variety of wildflowers. Most pines grew on what is called the Miami Rock Ridge. This ridge is primarily composed of oolitic limestone varying from four to twelve feet in elevation. Less than 2% of the original pine rocklands remain, rendering this habitat globally endangered. Learn more...

Aquatic Exhibits
Fairchild water gardens features 11 lakes and seven pools, including the Sunken Garden, Founder's Court, Palm Glade, Amphitheater, Victoria, Tropical Plant Conservatory, and Rare Plant House pools. There are also stunning water features in the Wings of the Tropics and Simons Rainforest exhibits. Learn more...