Botanical Collection & Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary
The Botanical Gardens features over 3000 species of rare & exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and trees. The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacock, and of course, flamingos.
Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida. Originally founded by Floyd L. and Jane Wray as an orange grove, the 60 acre-non-for-profit botanical gardens is home to 20 “Champion” trees, the largest trees of their species, including the largest tree in Florida. Specialized botanical gardens, including a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, Croton Garden, and Bromeliad Garden dot the main Arboretum. The centerpiece of the gardens is a natural hammock of 200 year-old Live Oaks dripping with species orchids and epiphytes.
Nestled in and around the gardens, the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 90 species of Florida native birds and animals, most of whom are permanently injured or non-releasable.The half-acre Free-flight Aviary boasts over 250 wading birds representing over 45 species, and the Bird of Prey Center houses one of the largest raptor collections in the United States.
Flamingo Garden’s mission is to depict and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of South Florida and the Everglades in our botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary:
•by providing a repository for endangered plant and wildlife species and a living library of specific taxa available for research and education.
•by inspiring an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of tropical and subtropical plants from around the world that can be grown in our area.
•by guiding the public in environmentally responsible and aesthetic horticultural practices.
•by encouraging environmental awareness and Everglades preservation to visiting tourists, residents, and school children
For more information visit flamingogardens.org or cal 954.473.2955