History

The Gardens were originally the property of Floyd L. and Jane Wray, who in 1933 built a home and citrus grove on what was then the edge of the Everglades, where they started a botanical collection of tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs. The Wray Home is now a museum illustrating a country home in the early 1930s. Guided tours are provided daily.

, a western theme park, was built in the 1960s across the street from Flamingo Gardens. It lasted only a few years.

Collection

Plants

The grounds contain more than 3,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, including , , , 200-year-old , and 300 plus species of . A narrated tram ride leads through the site's tropical rainforest, native , wetland areas and groves. The Tropical Plant House displays orchids, , and other plants; the contains one of the largest collection of non-indigenous champion trees in the region, among the specimens include , , , , , , and among others with understorey plantings and a waterfall; and the Garden demonstrates low maintenance, minimally-watered gardening.

Animals

Fauna include an , , , , , , , , , , blue-beaked , , , , , , , and . The 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) aviary houses one of the largest collection of wading birds in the United States. Species include, , , , , , , , , , , , and . The aviary exhibits five native Florida ecosystems; , , , , and .