Erika Shank shared another terrific Florida botanic garden with us!
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a 2.6-acre urban greenspace in Miami Beach, Fla., founded in 1962. It was transformed in 2011 with a landscape renovation designed by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The new landscape showcases native Florida plants and trees including bromeliads, palms, cycad, and orchids. The collection of palms is superb, and the garden also has a small plant nursery! Admission is free. Corporate and social events are held there; during my visit, they were setting up for a wedding.
The main pond with a fountain, seen over a mass of tropical foliage. A lovely fountain designed by Morris Lapidus, the architect responsible for some of Miami’s most iconic hotels.
Latania loddigesii, Blue Latan palm. This beautiful palm is an endangered species and is native only to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Plants like these in cultivation help ensure that they don’t go extinct.
Copernicia fallaensis, the giant yarey palm, demonstrating yet again that beauty in the garden is often more about texture, form, and foliage, not just bright flowers. Today only about 100 mature trees remain in its native range in Cuba.
This Japanese garden takes design principles from a much colder climate and translates them into a tropical setting. Garden inspiration can come from anywhere; you may have to change the specific plants you use, but good design principles are universal.
Look at these incredible stems on Bambusa vulgaris ‘Wamim’ (dwarf Buddha belly bamboo, Zones 9–12). This cultivar of common bamboo is selected for the unusual, rounded texture of the culms.
Tecomanthe dendrophila (New Guinea trumpet vine, Zone 10)
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