Just over 100 years ago, famed horticulturist and plant-explorer David Fairchild and his wife, Marian, purchased a plot of land on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. Together, they built a home inspired by their travels to Asia. Named The Kampong, the Malay or Javanese word for a village or cluster of houses, the Fairchild’s original main house is joined by two guest houses, a dormitory, and working laboratories. Each year, scientists from across the globe visit Coconut Grove to study the plants at the Kampong, to participate in seminars, and to confer with experts.
Prior to the Fairchilds’ ownership of the property, Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons and her husband, Albion resided on the estate. Dr. Simmons was the first woman to practice medicine in Miami and she served all populations in the area. The limestone and pine structure that served as her office and a stable for her carriage remains on the property today.
The venue of the 2016 Junior League of Miami Showhouse, The Kampong is open to the public for garden tours. Just visit the red gate on Douglas Road–and be sure to visit the point. The views are amazing!