The Flamingo Garden is a 60-acre Everglades botanical garden and native wildlife refuge. Situated in Fort Lauderdale (Davie), Florida, Flamingo Botanical Gardens is host to more than 3,000 varieties of unique and exquisite species of unusual and exotic tropical, subtropical and indigenous flora and fauna. Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary is host to the biggest collection of wildlife in Florida, featuring alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, leopards, peacocks, and naturally, flamingos.
Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is among the earliest botanical gardens and tourist attractions in South Florida. Founded as an orange grove initially by Floyd L. and Jane Ray, the non-commercial botanical garden is a collection of 18 “champion” trees, among them the biggest in Florida. Specialized botanical gardens like the Hummingbird Butterfly Garden, Croton Garden, and Bromeliad Garden are interspersed in the central arboretum.
The centerpiece of the garden is a 200-year-old living oaks natural hammock. The historic Ray House Museum, constructed in 1933 by Floyd L. and Jane Ray as a week-end getaway, is situated nearby. It is the earliest home in Broward County, located immediately west of University Drive. The structure was renovated in 1991 and features a classic South Florida rustic house from the 1930s.
The Everglades Wildlife Refuge is situated within and around the gardens and is host to more than 90 native Florida bird and animal varieties, most of which are either permanently wounded or irreproducible.
Flamingo Gardens is owned and managed by Flamingo Gardens, a nonprofit corporation. The property is held by the Floyd L. Ray Memorial Fund, which was created by Mrs. Jane Ray in 1969 in honor of her late husband. Her wish to save prime land for future generations and to emphasize the plants, animals, and history of the Florida Everglades is still central to the mission of Flamingo Gardens today.
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