Touring Gardens In Miami
While attending the TPIE (Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition) in Florida, the GWA (Garden Writers Association) members were invited by the FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Garden, and Landscape Association) to go on a day long multiple garden tour. We started out at Vizcaya Gardens and then continued on to visit a few private gardens. At the first stop, we gathered on the drive to listen to the landscape designer, Carlos Somoza, talk about the garden. I could hardly pay attention, I was so overcome by the beauty of the orchids and Tillandsias hanging in the trees. Of course, the landscapes in Miami are filled with what this Michigander calls houseplants and I was on major plant overload.
As we rounded the corner to the back yard, we were wowed by the pool and the plantings surrounding it.
What I was most in awe of, was the amount of epiphytes in this garden. Orchids, Tillandsias, bird’s nest ferns, staghorn ferns, and Peperomias. The side yard had so many hanging from the trees, the walls of the house, and the fence dividing the properties. The size of these plants was unbelievable! Look at this bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus) growing on a slab of wood!
And the HUGE stag horn fern that stretched almost the entire height of the wall. Look at the door frame next to it to get an idea of the massive size of this plant. This whole side yard was just full of amazing epiphytes growing on nothing more than slabs of wood!
This was just the first garden of many we visited throughout the day. I’ll take you to some more next time. It was an amazing day! Thank you FNGLA!