The Botanical Garden
Tucked in next to the hustle and bustle of downtown South Miami lies an oasis, the Botanical Garden at the Tropical Audubon Society, located behind historic Doc Thomas house at 5530 Sunset Drive. Begun in 1995, this enchanting garden features the native trees exclusive to South Florida and boasts over 50 threatened or endangered plants. All of the plants in the collection are labeled and cataloged so native plant enthusiasts can use the garden as an educational resource. This cozy informal haven has several intimate viewing areas designed for plant, butterfly and bird observation -- so far 110 bird species have been identified.
Due to over-development on the Florida Keys, many distinguished old trees found themselves in the wrong place in the wrong era. In an attempt to give these rescued trees a home, they were acquired with generous donations and can be seen throughout the garden. It is this “buying back our botanical legacy” concept that gives the garden a mature ambiance that belies its comparative newness. There are still many fine specimen trees waiting to be adopted. The adoption process as well as private donations are what support the garden and ensure its future growth.
The Botanical Garden at the Tropical Audubon Society is designed to capture your heart. Let its rare and wonderful plants capture your soul!
David Lysinger has compiled a plant list for the garden.