A Visit to the Fairchild Botanic Garden
The huge garden has been going since 1938. It’s known for its palms, cycads, and tropical trees (I was especially amazed by Kigelia africana which is not officially known as a “testicle tree,” though it should be). But I was there for the rainforest plants.
Here in San Francisco, I’m used to seeing tropical plants grown indoors, confined to pots and greenhouses. But in Miami, they thrive outdoors. Every palm tree has a Philodendron growing up it. Monstera with giant leaves are everywhere. Caladium grow outside! Tillandsia, orchids, and Anthurium fill the trees.
I love living in San Francisco, but all my favorite plants belong to the tropics.