View from the terrace to the Bay of Biscayne in the distance
View of the house and patio from the back of the property
A view towards the tennis court
The part of the garden that stretches from the back of of the house to the Bay of Biscayne is beautifully landscaped, with lawns framed by clumps of trees, beds of shrubs and curving hedges, and fences draped in colorful climbing plants. There are Japanese-style stone lanterns as decorative accents, and some seats placed rather romantically at the very tip of the property by the sea shore. The house, too, is quite decorative with low horizontal lines and its geometric red trim, all festooned in colorful bougainvilleas and other plants. A beautiful view into the garden unfolds from the little patio, where a small fountain trickles in the shade.
I love the pink-tinged white flowers - or rather bracts - of this variety of Bougainvillea
Pink trumpet vine (Podranea ricasoliana) on the fence around the tennis court
Crimson passion flower (Passiflora vitifolia), another climber that graces the tennis court
The path to the seats by the sea
The other half of the garden located towards the road has a very different character, since it is filled with botanical collections that are still actively used for scientific research by visiting scholars and students. As a result, this area is much less manicured and dominated by clumps of trees, somewhat like an orchard. In fact, many of the trees are indeed fruit trees, such mangoes (Mangifera indica), avocados (Persea americana), and oranges (Citrus sinensis). There are are plenty of ornamental trees and shrubs, to be sure, but they are largely arranged in a more no-nonsense fashion than in the back garden, except around the parking lot and and the entrance to the house, which features a lily pond a decorative bed of bromeliads.
Euphorbia punicea - the inflorescence look a bit like miniature version of the related poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) but the plant is a much more graceful little tree
Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola)
Bauhinia x blakeana
A tropical waterlily (Nymphaea lotus) in the lily pond by the parking lot
A planting of bromeliads by the entrance to the house
The Kampong can be visited between 10 am and 2 pm from Tuesday through Friday. Visitors should call in advance, though we were told the place usually does not get crowded and even though we visited at the same time as a tour group it felt as if we had the garden to ourselves, so do not let the odd ours or the request to call ahead deter you. For more information, you can visit the garden's website here.