• The Kampong

  • The Center’s headquarters will be located at the historical estate of plant explorer Dr. David Fairchild – The Kampong, one of NTBG’s five botanical gardens, in Coconut Grove, Florida. The proximity of several world-class botanical institutes in Florida provides ICTB with unparalleled access to research partners and resources. The center will also use the diverse collections, ecological reserves and resources held by NTBG’s gardens in Hawaii. NTBG brings international stature, with a world-class botanical research center, living collections covering more than 2000 acres, and nearly 50 years of research in the Pacific region.

    The Kampong serves as the mainland campus for the NTBG’s educational courses, as a living classroom used by universities and colleges for botany and horticulture courses, and is a popular spot for plant enthusiasts of all ages.

    Heritage collections from Southeast Asia, Central and South Americas, the Caribbean, and other tropical locales create a cornucopia of exotic fruit, including candle fruit, peanut butter fruit, egg fruit, cocoplums, and over 50 varieties of mango. Numerous species of palms, cycads, and flowering trees are studied by scientists from the world over.

  • Located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida, The Kampong contains a fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees.

  • History

    Dr. David Fairchild, one of the most influential horticulturalists and plant collectors, devoted his life to plant exploration and searching for useful plants suitable for introduction in the US.

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    Plant Collections

    The Kampong contains a diverse array of plants from the tropics and warm subtropics, including tropical fruits, palms, flowering trees, shrubs, and vines.

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    Courses and Internships

    The Center trains future generations of tropical botanists to describe tropical plant diversity,mitigate threats to tropical plants and their habitats, and pioneer novel uses for, and fair trade of, tropical plant products.

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  • The historic waterfront estate features panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, the Miami skyline, and Key Biscayne. The perfect location for couples seeking a classic outdoor venue for a wedding or special event. Nestled in a lush, tropical garden the Kampong is located minutes from downtown Miami, South Beach, and the Miami Airport. 

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