Morningside Park Palmetum

 

SFPS Helps with the Restoration of the Morningside Park Palmatum

Some years ago, New Times brought notice to this park, by awarding it the best park in Miami. They wrote:

In a town in which park often is synonymous with ball field, and in which much of the public green space is rendered inhospitable by a lack of shade, Morningside Park is a revelation. Indeed it may be one of Miami-Dade's few "big-city parks," the kind envisioned by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted when he created New York's Central Park as an escape from the noise and nervousness of urban life. Located in the historic residential neighborhood of the same name, Morningside Park runs for five blocks along Biscayne Bay and features not only tennis and basketball courts, a playground, a baseball field, and a municipal pool, but also picnic benches, walking trails, and (of all things) trees. Lots of trees. It's a perfect place for curling up with a good book under a banyan, teaching the kids how to ride their bikes, or just staring out over the water.

Morningside Park is located at 750 NE 55 Terrace. The palmetum is located at the southern end of the park. See link below:

Morningside Park Information and Map

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 photos on this page were from a SFPS workday, on March 3, 2018, where volunteers labeled approximately 250 palms.

The Palmetum has a wide variety of palms ranging from very common ones, to more scarce species. This webpage is a work in progress, and will be updated with more information on the newly planted palms.

SFPS Volunteers help label palms in the Morningside Palmetum (Mar 3, 2018)

 

After a hard day of labeling, volunteers relax with pizzas and drinks, courtesy of the SFPS.