Fairchild Tropical Garden is a TREE-rific place to visit.
Last week, I showed you some of the highlights of my visit to this tropical oasis. Today, I will go into detail on one of my favorite subjects of all time; Trees.
Big trees, fat trees, tall and skinny. Bushy with lots of leaves or bare & itty bitty. (I totally just made a rhyme!).
I love trees so much because they are the pawfect pee targets. When I see a tree, I get this uncontrollable urge to lift my leg and release… and at Fairchild, I got the leg workout of a lifetime! Trees and pee-mails everywhere!!
The Trees At Fairchild Garden
Fairchild has 83-acres of land filled with trees of all sizes, shapes and textures. They have one of the worlds largest collections of tropical palms and ancient rare cycads, with over 1,500 palms and 700 cycad accessions planted in the garden. That’s a whole lotta trees!
Sound like too much to take in all at once? Don’t worry! Fairchild has the cutest little benches sprinkled throughout the park so that you can give your paws a break. I took full advantage of these benches and made sure to relax (and pose) every chance I got!
Check out some of my fave trees (and benches) below:
A MASSIVE Baobab tree, the largest of it’s kind in the whole park. Just look at that trunk! It’s wide enough to fit at least 8 Hami’s across the bottom.
Baobab is the common name for the nine species of trees in the genus Adansonia, 6-of-the-9 which are native to Madagascar. The other three are native to mainland Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Australia!
Interesting Fact: Baobabs can reach heights of up to 98ft (30 m) and can grow trunks with diameters of up to 36ft (11 m). Geez Laweez!!
This super special, only one of it’s kind in the Garden; a Cannonball tree. This type of tree is normally found deep in the rainforests of Central and South America.
Because they are not indigenous to South Florida, the insects in the region are not able to properly pollinate it. The experts at Fairchild must therefore hand pollinate the tree to ensure its survival. Cool, huh?
Interesting Facts: One tree can produce over 1000 flowers per day! And those round balls you see, nope, they aren’t toys… Those are the trees fruit. One of those ‘cannonball’ fruits can have anywhere from 65-to-550 seeds. Definitely don’t want to get those stuck in your teeth!
Check out all the pawsome colors on this tree trunk!
Called the Rainbow Eucalyptus, this variety is the only one of it’s kind that is indigenous to the Northern hemisphere. The native range of Eucalyptus are originally from the Philippines and Papuasia.
Do you have Eucalyptus trees where you are from?
That Jurassic looking thing behind me?
Believe it or not, it’s not a tree. It’s a Giant Alocasia, a type of plant!
What is the difference between a plant and a tree, you ask? Well, in the simplest terms, we can say that all trees are plants but not all plants are trees.
A tree has a thick wood stem from which tiny stems and leaves grow while plants are known for having multiple soft wood stems the remain close to the ground.
Pawsonally, I like to pee on both plants and trees. I don’t discriminate 🙂
Fairchild is not only a botanic garden, it is also a strong supporter of the fine-arts!
Fairchild invites well-known artist from around the world, to come exhibit their art for all to see. Like the piece I am standing on in the picture above!
Artist Hugo Franca created this piece, titled Cabrue Casulo, out of Pequi wood. And guess what…It weighs 5,512 pounds!! That’s the equivalent of 367 Hamiltons! (Yes, I only weight 15 pounds but they are 15 pounds of solid muscle!!).
Some other art I found during my visit was that of artist Dale Chihuly.
Fairchild had a full Chihuly exhibit back in 2015 but you can still find a couple of his legacy pieces around the park, like the wonderful blue glass coming out of the pond behind me.
So Many Benches, So Little Time
Like I mentioned earlier, 83-acres of land and trees (and art) will leave you feeling tired! Luckily, there are benches strategically placed throughout the gardens.
I pretty much claimed all the benches at the garden as my very own.
I AM THE KING OF THE BENCHES!!
Do you see now why Fairchild Tropical Garden is a Tree-rific place to visit? There is so much to do and see (and so many pee-mails to leave behind!).
I hope I have inspired you to plan a visit real soon. In the meantime, I would love to know what was your favorite part about my adventure at the Garden. Let me know in the comment section below 🙂