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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is in the running for USA Today’s ‘Best Public Garden’

 

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, with its colorful flowering vines and bountiful orchards, has been nominated for USA Today’s “Best Public Garden” award.

Fairchild, which is on Old Cutler Road, is up against 20 other gardens from around the country, including New York’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens. The only Florida garden on the list, Fairchild is one of two tropical gardens to be considered.

Fairchild opened its grounds to the public in 1938. The garden features exhibits such as a two-acre rainforest, a butterfly garden and water lily pools.

“The garden is special because it is not only beautiful in design, but is very important to science, culture and education,” said Nannette Zapata, the garden’s chief operating officer. “It has always been very focused on conservation, which is important for any botanical garden.”

The Florida sunshine and climate allows visitors to experience the garden at its best year round, a privilege many of the other nominated gardens do not have.

“It is really a treasure for the city of Miami,” said Zapata. “The nomination reminds people how valuable the garden is.”

Fairchild asks that the community cast their vote in the contest, so the entire country can learn about the garden’s beauty. A person can vote once a day at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-garden through March 31. The winning garden will be announced on April 2.

Fairchild is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under; $25 for adults; $18 for seniors 65 and up; $12 for children ages 6 to 17.

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