Another fascinating attraction in Miami Beach is the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The Miami Beach Botanical Garden occupies a tiny land approximately 4.5 acres or 1.8 hectares. It is located opposite the Convention Centre on Convention Centre Drive. Adjacent to the Holocaust Memorial, This tropical oasis located right in the heart of South Beach features a beautiful Japanese garden, palms, native garden bromeliads, and a “living wall” vertical landscape. A wide collection of flowering trees and vines can also be found at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. You can also find several types of palms as well as Orchid gardens.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is one of the attractions that you shouldn’t miss especially if you love plants. This garden gives both tourists and locals alike the access to a very attractive botanical garden. There is also an environmental education programs for both children and adults.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden also has a rich history. In the 1962, Miami Beach built the “Garden Center”. It was created on a vacant lot just opposite the Miami Beach Convention Center which was constructed in 1957. It was initially a city park. The Garden was located on the historic Collins canal which is an important part of the beginnings of Miami Beach. John Collins dug the canal in the early 1900s in order to transport mangos and avocados or alligator pears through a boat to the Port of Miami from groves along what is now the Pinetree Drive.
During the 1920s, Carl Fisher, a pioneer started developing Lincoln Road, and luxury hotels like the Flamingo and the Nautilus which have golf courses as well as polo fields. Originally, the Garden site was a golf course. Carl Fisher helped in promoting tourism in the city by the aid of Rosie, a baby elephant, who served as a golf caddy to President-elect Warren Harding when he was vacationing in 1921.
In 1922, Miami Beach had the biggest avocado and mango orchard in the world. However, agricultural roots of Miami didn’t last that long. Tourism has been a driving force in Miami Beach but like the other cities, it was also affected by the economic recessions back then as well as the world wars and hurricanes that were very destructive.
Sadly, the Garden was deteriorated before the Art Deco renaissance which was in the 1980s and after the effect of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. In 1996, a group of residents approached the city to develop the Miami Beach Garden. It was a non-profit organization whose goal is to refurbish the Garden. Today, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden shares public/private ownership. It is currently owned by the City of Miami Beach while being operated by the Conservancy.
Over the years, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden has become a place for arts and cultural programming. It also has become a place for environmental education not only for adults but for young ones as well. If you are planning to have a vacation in Miami, never miss going to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden especially if you love flowers and plants.