The Kampong: A natural oasis in Miami

The Kampong: A natural oasis in Miami

Located in Coconut Grove, The Kampong houses more than 2,000 plant species from Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America.


The bucolic city of Coconut Grove is home to Kampong, a botanical garden created by David Fairchild, one of the most famed horticulturalists and botanists in the United States who devoted his life to collecting, introducing and cultivating in South Florida over 2,000 plant varieties from every continent in the world.


To discover this place and the influence its research has had on the food habits of the United States is fascinating. It is also interesting to explore the varieties of fragrant flowers that are usually used in the perfume industry.


According to its website, Miami Kampong “serves as the mainland campus for National Tropical Botanical Garden’s (NTBG) educational courses, as well as a living classroom used by universities and colleges for botanical and horticulture courses, and is a popular spot for plant enthusiasts of all ages.”


Visiting Kampong


The best way to get to know the Kampong Botanical Garden is by organizing your tour. The institution features educational, history-oriented, knowledge-building programs aimed at preserving the plant species housed in this precious haven. Tours are conducted by the Kampong’s professional staff and research team, they are featured in different prices and timetables, hence the importance of checking the Kampong’s official website and call its information center in order to be up to date.


A flowering history


In 1916, David Fairchild acquired the land where the Kampong sits today and transformed, back then, into his summer home. He and his wife toiled to maintain the garden’s beauty which undoubtedly was the center of attention for all guests.

David Fairchild’s fondness for collecting and preserving natural species made him travel throughout the world in search of suitable plant specimens to be grown in his home country. From his trips across Southeast Asia, David Fairchild took the name Kampong that means “cluster of houses” or “village” in Malay or Javanese.


After David Fairchild’s wife death, the property was purchased by botanist and preservationist Catherine Hauberg Sweeney, who is considered the “savior” of David Fairchild’s botanical legacy and succeeded in securing Kampong’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places and adhesion to the NTBG.


Content-packed activities are held in this garden, that’s why we invite you to visit the following website for further information.



Address: 4013 Douglas Rd, Miami, FL 33133

Phone number: (305) 442-7169


Send an email to kampong@ntbg.org