Central Florida Palm and Cycad Society’s Fall Tour

Tour Two Spectacular Botanical Gardens in Miami

December 3rd & 4th, 2016


Saturday, December 3

10am: guided tour begins at Montgomery Botanical Garden

5pm: CFPACS Social Happy Hour – Location TBD

Sunday, December 4

9am: arrival at Fairchild Botanical Gardens for priority seating tram tour

Hotel Info

CFPACS has obtained a special group rate of $113/night for king bed & $119 for two queen beds at the Country Inn and Suites in Kendall. To make your reservation, call the hotel directly at 305-270-0359 and mention you are with the Central Florida Palm and Cycad Society to obtain the group rate. DO NOT ASK TO BE TRANSFERRED TO RESERVATIONS!  The only way you will get the above rates is to say you are part of the GROUP BLOCK for the Central Florida Palm and Cycad Society.  Reservations must be made no later than November 15 to obtain this rate.  Address: Exit 20 off the Turnpike, Located in The Palms at Town & Country, 11750 Mills Dr, Miami, FL 33183.

Conveniently located adjacent to Town & Country Mall in Kendall, this hotel offers comfortable guest rooms and suites southwest of Miami just minutes from shopping, dining and entertainment venues.  The hotel features a daily complimentary hot breakfast, which provides Belgian waffles, fresh fruit and more. In the afternoon, go for a swim in the outdoor swimming pool or work out in the fitness center.  Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are provided in all the rooms at Country Inn & Suites Miami Kendall. Rooms also come equipped with a microwave, a small refrigerator and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Tour Info

TOUR #1 –  Sat, Dec 3rd – Montgomery Botanical Center, 11901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156

The tour will start PROMPTLY at 10am,  please arrive on time!

(Click here for map to Montgomery)                  (Link to MBC Website)

Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC), 10:00am – 3:00 pm.  We will have a guided golf cart tour with Dr. Patrick Griffith, of the world renowned 120 acre Montgomery Botanical Center and a follow up self-guided walking tour to see the specific palms and cycads of your choice.  MBC houses the best living collections of palms, cycads, and tropical conifers from around the world.  Their current collection boasts 386 different palm species, 6,348 total palms and 229 different cycad species, 4,927 total cycads, majority of all wild collected.  MBC will provide some seeds from their collection for CFPACS members.  This is not a public garden and is a must see for any palm or cycad enthusiast.  This is a scientific research center where you cannot walk off the street to visit, so do not miss the opportunity.   CFPACS will be donating $2,000 to MBC to help develop and conserve a scientifically valuable collection of palms and cycads.   Be prompt there is a restricted access locked gate at entrance!

TOUR #2 – Sun, Dec 4th – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden,  10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156

CFPACS will be paying the entry fee for any member who does not already have a reciprocal garden membership, so please be there by 9am.

(Click here for map to Fairchild)                          (Link to Fairchild Website)

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBC), 10:00am.  This 83 acre botanical garden is the work of Col. Robert Montgomery and David Fairchild, started in 1938.  Our group will receive priority, reserved seating for a 45 minute narrated tram tour then stroll the gardens on a leisurely pace. Fairchild is considered one of the best botanic gardens in the world with the significance being on palms and cycads.  There are many different areas to explore such as the Rare Plant House, Tropical Fruit Pavilion, Montgomery Palmetum, Rainforest, Palm Glade, Arid and Succulent Garden, Spiny Forest of Madagascar, Keys Coastal Habitat, and many other botanic areas.  Many people have already visited Fairchild in the past, but it is always a place to come back to see the changes. 

 Social Saturday Evening Info

Since this is a special event for CFPACS and we don’t often get the chance to just hang out with each other and talk palms, we invite you to join us for happy hour.  We haven’t selected a spot yet, but plan to scope out the area around the Country Inn Friday night.  We will let everyone know Saturday where to meet for the Saturday evening happy hour.  So don’t sit in your hotel room after Montgomery, come out and have some fun!  We might even get some dinner together!

Montgomery and Fairchild garden tours are for CFPACS Members only. 

 Suggestions: bring a box lunch and drinks to the tours.  Fairchild has a cantina for food and drinks.