Neoregelias crowning an old stump.
Last year I visited McKee botanical gardens in Vero Beach and now that I have a blog, I figured I'd share some photos, even if I had to scan them the old fashioned way from prints.
Personally, I preferred it to Fairchild in Miami, if only for the smaller scale and more abundant shade. Even though Fairchild is a bit more expansive, at Mckee I was able to spend more time exploring since I wasn't baking in the South Florida sun! There's a huge variety of plants, great landscape design, and even a gift shop worth checking out. I even picked up some seeds there!
Aechmea Blanchetiana, orange form
Aechmea Blanchetiana, green form
A bed of Neoregelias
A huge Pitcairnia species, unlabeled. Pitcairnia are among the most primitive bromeliads.
My favorite Palm, Arenga Engleri or Dwarf Sugar Palm! This guy's hardy in zone 9a and can be found at the FSCJ south campus in Jacksonville too.
A licuala palm, and wait... is that a dinosaur in the background?
Be sure to check McKee botanical gardens out for yourself!