When we were trying to decide what to do today, I mentioned Flamingo Gardens. It's another reciprocal garden with our Missouri Botanical Gardens. I didn't realize Ken had never been there! When he said he hadn't, that was it---I decided he needed to go. So after brunch at Moonlite Diner, we were off to Davie, Florida, to the gardens.
It was another cloudy day. In fact, we went through some rain on our way there. Plus it was really wet around Davie. But it happened to not rain anymore while we were at the garden.
Through the gift shop and into the garden.
the Wrays who came to Florida in 1925 and were intrigued with the horticultural possibilities of the subtropical location. Their historic Wray Home was built in 1933. It is the oldest residence in Broward County west of University Drive. They purchased 320 acres of land which they named Flamingo Groves. Eventually it became one of the first botanical gardens and tourist attractions in South Florida.
Victorian Gazebo --- great for a romantic ceremony.
We took the 25 minute narrated tram ride through the back 46 acres which consist of a mitigated tropical rain forest, wetlands area, and a native hammock including some of the last natural jungle growth in South Florida. This is part of the wetlands area.
Life-size dinosaurs are invading Flamingo Gardens this summer! They had them in place, just no signage yet. It doesn't officially open until May 27th, so we got a preview. I thought it was funny that these same dinosaurs were at Harry P Lou gardens in Orlando when we were there in Feb. Must have been quite a migration for them to travel all the way to South Florida!
Here's one of the baby hawks.
Live presentations featuring several of Florida’s native wildlife, such as birds of prey, small mammals, and reptiles, with interesting facts about the species. This gal was a very good presenter.
1 of the over 3000 tropical and sub-topical plants and trees.