The most hidden Flower Garden Center in Miami is a collector’s paradise. Situated just minutes from Palmetto Expressway/Turnpike-extension, or exactly at 9995 SW 66’Th Street, the beautiful five acres of Palm Hammock Orchid Estates invites you to come and explore, and to chat with people who love plants.
They grow tried and true, rare or un-usual plants, and their doors are open Monday to Saturday 9-5. In addition, they are hosting year-round Flower Festivals and Seasonal News Events: and today (Saturday 2/23) at 10:AM they are kicking off this year Begonia Festival with Tod Anderson, who are speaking about “How to create a Begonia Landscape”, followed by Ann Anderson presenting for us Tim’s Begonia Hybrid and New Introductions at 1:PM. As usual, there are local vendors selling homemade and home-baked: and of course, lots of ideas and inspirations for a celebration or a birthday-gift. Thus, make a note of the Spring Garden Faire at the 30’ieth of Mars as something to look forward to; for a Calendar of Events go to http://www.palmhammockorchidest.net/
Furthermore, they have Butterfly-plants, different Peperomia, many ferns (see picture,) groundcovers, and lots of more to look at. Right now, they recommend “Cat Whiskers” a non-stop Lavender bloomer, or “Panama Rose” in cascading pink, as garden-plants must-haves. The Violet Society meets here every 2’nd Saturday of the month, therefore, the Mini-Violet-selections are usually excellent. You can talk to Carol Palmer, (305)274-9813, and sign up for lectures in how to grow and handle different plants; or you can sign up for their News Letter and Garden Wisdom at firstname.lastname@example.org, where they always have a good advice and the latest blooming-news.
If you are an Orchid-collector they have a variety of Orchid's to choose from, but also the orchid-supplies needed; in addition to beautiful pottery for any occasion. Another specialty is their Aquatic plants and supplies. They do Pond and Waterfall designs- and installations, and their many sorts of Water Lilies are temptations hard to resist. However, they do have a picnic-area where you can bring your own snack, and take a brake between all exploring and chatting; although one thing is for certain: you won't regret time spent in those beautiful surroundings of Palm Hammock Orchid Estates. When you have a plant-problem, e-mail your plant-problem/question to RitaGlantz@yahoo.com, or if you have a yard-project, try out www.FloridaYards.org.