My wife, my brother, and I spent much of New Year's Day at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. The Wray family started Flamingo Gardens as a citrus farm back in the 1920's on a live oak hammock surrounded by land reclaimed from the Everglades. At one time there were over 2000 acres planted in various types of citrus, including a 20 acre citrus laboratory. Intrigued by other tropical plants, the Wrays amassed quite a collection of fruit-bearing and ornamental trees and shrubs. They began offering tours, and soon the place became one of south Florida's first tourist attractions. Today, Flamingo Gardens has Florida's largest concentration of state champion trees, including the largest tree in the state. Surrounded by all this flora, and the flamingos that were already here, is a sanctuary for native Florida wildlife, that includes panthers, otters, black bears, and a host of reptiles and birds. All of the animals in the sanctuary are either rescues and/or are unable to be released back into the wild. Part of Flamingo Garden's charm is its vintage roadside vibe, but between the birds, the other animals, and the gardens, I'd say it's worth the price of admission, especially considering their overall mission and the fact they are non-profit.
February 3, 2015
Posted by Les at 8:53 PM