Upon our arrival, we find that we have been blessed with good fortune. This year's Art at Fairchild exhibition features renowned American artist Dale Chihuly. We were amazed that the depth and breadth of his works throughout the gardens. Each piece seemed to blend into its surroundings either echoing the natural or complementing it. There are several pieces that remain in the gardens permanently.
The free tram tour fills up early, so get there ahead of time, get your ticket and reserve a seat. I highly recommend you take the tour first and then explore on your own afterwards
The park is divided into two sections - the Uplands and the Lowlands. We thoroughly enjoyed touring all that the uplands had to offer including the rain forest, butterfly garden, palm and cycad collection, tropical fruit pavilion, museum, edible garden, spiny forest of Madagascar, an Arboretum, a vine pergola and tropical flower garden, tropical plant conservatory and rare plant house and the Victoria water lilies pool.
Our day ended with a leisurely walk around the Lowlands and its collections of exhibits and lakes. By design, the Lowlands is significantly less formal than the Uplands, allowing us a more naturalized botanical experience along the paths and wide, open spaces. In the lowlands we enjoyed the Jewels of the Caribbean, Keys Coastal Habitat, Pine Rockland and Water Gardens.
I would encourage you to pack your own picnic lunch since the food offerings here were not really that great.
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