One of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida, Flamingo Gardens today is a not-for-profit facility with more than 3000 tropical and sub-tropical species of plants and trees. The lush Wray Botanical Collection features 21 of the largest trees of their species in Florida (and in many cases, the United States) — “Champion Trees” — as well as a unique hammock of 200-year-old live oak trees, and several specialized gardens. Within Flamingo Gardens’ 60 acres also resides an Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, aviary, and Bird of Prey Center, which are home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife in the state — offering permanently injured and non-releasable animals special care and a home. (Be sure to read their stories!)
Free-roaming peacocks and iguanas also stroll the grounds (as do TNR’d kitties — yay!), although we missed the iguanas on our initial visit. But to see the peacocks in all their glory, roosting in the centuries-old live oaks… Beyond lovely. The colors of the birds, joined with the ornate oaks and tropical foliage, was ethereal. A fairy world. Another thanks to the Wrays, and to all those who continue to protect and preserve the land and creatures of the Everglades….
For more on Flamingo Gardens and its mission to “depict and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of South Florida and the Everglades,” visit their website!
3750 S. Flamingo Rd.
Davie, FL 33330
What beautiful pictures!
Thanks so much!!! The peacocks were so fun… Even if they occasionally scared the poop out of us with their screaming. 🙂
I wasn’t scared…just sayin
Haaaa! Liar. Those pretty screaming peacocks terrified you.
I so appreciate the beauty of these photos, and the detail on the first photo! 🙂
Thanks so very much!! They were great fun to photograph, and just gawk at as they strolled freely around the preserve. They’re stunning to see in the centuries-old live oaks, though — such colors!
Amazing spectacle of colors and brilliance. These peacocks are just beautiful. Great job in capturing on camera this stunning creatures. Thanks…
Thanks so much! They were tough to capture — when they were on display, at least. They were actually shimmering and quivering so quickly, that it was tough to focus. But when they were in the centuries-old live oaks? WOW. That combination of colors was simply magnificent.