Beaches and nightlife may be what we first associate with Miami, but within this hopping metro lies a 3-acre haven of tropical tranquility.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden welcomes thousands of visitors a year who come to marvel at flowering trees, orchids, philodendrons, and more than 100 palm species. Wandering about on the meticulously maintained grounds, visitors can experience a spectacular koi pond, fountains, Japanese Garden, Native Garden and Edible Garden, in addition to the Collins Canal Promenade, a waterfront meandering walkway flowing into the Garden from the northern perimeter and planted to create a shaded canopy of palms.
More interested in native wildlife? The Garden is a regular stop for migratory birds such as warblers, american redstarts, and finches, while permanent residents include an array of cardinals, herons, hawks and egrets. Many varieties of butterflies and moths are also prominently on display as they feed off the native host nectar plants.
If all of this vegetation gets your green thumb in gear, why not recreate an oasis at home by incorporating native plants into your landscaping? Or, buy a home that already has stunning gardens in place, like this Leafy Way gem, listed by Sotheby’s International? When your home is your oasis, all’s right with the world.[Source: Miami Beach Botanical Garden]