Average Duration Of Visit 3 hours; more for botanical and tropical plant enthusiasts
Established 1936; opened to public 1938
Handicapped Access Yes Fairchild had good access to persons with disabilities. Two wheelchairs were available on site, as well as assisted listening devices for tram tours.
Location Miami, Florida (USA ) Adjacent to Matheson Hammock Park in the Southeastern part of town
Open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily (Except Christmas Day)
Owned-Managed Fairchild was a private, non-profit 501(c )( 3) organization governed by a board of trustees. Funding: Members and friends and grants from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissions, Institute of Museum and Library Services and McLamore Foundation.
Size 83 acres, 11,300 plants, 4,300 plant species, 3,800 palms, one small rainforest
Transportation Rental car, taxis, and private tours
Fairchild, including a giant African baobab tree near the Gate House Museum . The Fairchild Herbarium featured more than 165,000 preserved and archived plant specimens. A five-million dollar tropical fruit glass house featured exotic fruit from around the world.
The Conservatory or greenhouse housed the famous Mr. Stinky, Fairchild’s most famous resident. The rare Mr. Stinky (Amorphophallus Titanum ), a native of Sumatra , flowers every few years into one of the “world’s largest, most exotic and worst smelling blooms.” A newly built 12,000 square foot Florida style Visitor Center housed the gift shop and a ballroom on the second floor. Architectural features included a keystone façade, outdoor verandas, two elliptical outdoor staircases, a wide patio with Italian mosaic inlays and an original tropical foliage mural by local artists Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar. Fairchild hosted special events and offered a 750 square foot catering room with elevator access, restrooms and parking for 250 guests.
The Fairchild Library included more than 18,000 volumes on tropical botany, horticulture, plant exploration, ethno botany, garden design and environmental science. Fairchild had 78 full-time and 12 part-time employees; 18,000 members and 300 volunteers. In 2004, more than 150 different classes were offered. Other education programs included teachers, children’s, professional, botanical lectures and university courses.
Would You Visit This Attraction Again? Yes