In addition to the orchids, the garden includes a wonderful collection of exotic tropical plants, including many gingers, heliconias, rare palms and more. We have magnificent white bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai), a larger and more tropical relative of the more familiar orange bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae). several species of Costus (the spiral gingers), including C. spicatus and C. speciosus. We also have several different “butterfly” gingers, which are Hedychium species. Some of them, particularly the white H. coronarium, are incredibly fragrant.
We’ve had some intermittent flowers on one of our white Sobralias, but most visitors don’t get to seem them, alas. Sobralia flowers only last one day. We’re watching the buds on our Peristeria elata, sometimes called the “Holy Ghost” orchid. It should be blooming soon! This is a rare Central American terrestrial species, typically from Panama, that is so endangered it’s on the CITES Appendix 1 list (no international trade whatsoever!). Bob’s father, Fred Fuchs, Jr. collected this plant decades ago (long before CITES) and we’re very proud to have it in the garden. The Trichoglottis brachiatas are in bud, too; we’re looking for flowers later this month or in September.
Every weekend, weather permitting, we escort free walking tours of Bob’s and Mike’s private garden at 11am and 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays. This is a gorgeous tropical garden, full of fascinating exotic plants, palms orchids and lots more. We hope you can come see it! No reservations is necessary, just be here a few minutes before start-time, and meet your guide at the bridge. We can set up tours for groups, too, just contact us in advance for details of group arrangements.
The weather’s warming up nearly everywhere in the US, including here in south Florida (heat index 110?! No way!). We just wanted to remind everyone that orchids (and other plants) are living things, and should never be left unattended in a hot vehicle. You wouldn’t leave a child or pet in the car, so please don’t leave your orchids in the car, either. Just in the past two weeks we’ve had to diagnose heat damage on several customers’ plants. The symptoms include leaf burn and flower damage. It only takes a few minutes in a hot car to fatally cook the plants!
We get a lot of inquiries about renting the front garden area for events. You can download our FAQ about the rentals here. The PDF includes basic facility information, and how to contact our Events Manager. (You’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file)