Morningside Park has had this Palmetum since it was designed and constructed in 1953. While a dozen or so of the original 1953 plantings remain, many palms were lost to attrition over time. The South Florida Palm Society, in agreement with the City of Miami, adopted the Palmetum and aspires to restore it to glory. SFPS members engage in planting, irrigating, fertilizing, weeding, mulching and general maintenance of the palmetum, at no cost to the City. Rare palms have been donated by Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Montgomery Botanical Center, various commercial nurseries owned by SFPS members, and individual donations. The SFPS has also donated the identification signs for each palm, and gives educational tours of the Palmetum.
The planting of new palms was completed in 2018, and the educational tours are ongoing. As the palms mature, each year the Palmetum will be increasingly more beautiful.
The Morningside Park is located at 750 NE 55th Terrace in Miami, just east of Biscayne Boulevard. See map below:
The Palmetum is located at the southern extent of park.
Very knowledgeable volunteers from SFPS gave educational tour of the Palmetum to high school students.
SFPS member, Lazaro Priegues, conducted a tour of the Morningside Park in April 2018. In the left image are a group of biology students and garden club members of Morningside K-8 Academy, the local public school. The kids had a splendid time and learned a thing or two about palms. In the right image are a group of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts who participated in the Baynanza shoreline clean-up in Morningside Park, then enjoyed a BBQ picnic and a tour of the palmetum. Not only are these tours an educational benefit for the children, they also help preserve and protect the Palmetum by giving it a social and educational value. Also, the SFPS is an 501C3, with education as part of its mission statement, so these tours serve that purpose as well.
A glimpse of some young new botanists:
SFPS members helped put identification labels on the palm.