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BEST PLANT NURSERY Miami 2003 - Palm Hammock Orchid Estate

Palm Hammock Orchid Estate spreads out like a secret jungle, hidden in a mostly residential neighborhood just south of Snapper Creek Elementary School. The gravel parking lot behind an unassuming gateway is the last stop before entering the huge nursery's world of eerie calmness. The whispered burbling of waterfalls and koi ponds conspires with soft music and waving foliage to make the nursery a sort of meditative sanctuary in the middle of the Miami suburbs. Tim Anderson, who presides with wife Anne over the nursery he started 30 years ago, says the plant selection at Palm Hammock is eclectic. "I only grow what I like," he explains. "We started off growing cactus and succulents. Now we have the results of 30 years of collecting." Anderson describes the nursery as an artistic and spiritual endeavor, supported by his "money-making business," landscape architecture. Religious statues -- Buddhist and Hindu figures sitting alongside St. Francis -- and bird baths, benches, and fountains are scattered among the thousands of orchids, ferns, African violets, water lilies, tropical bonsai, and other flora that fill the estate's six greenhouses and grounds.

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Stuart Sager is the Founder and President of Outdora, a leader in outdoor home furnishings and design. Outdora offers a wide selection of birdbath fountains. Hand-selected for their superior craftsmanship and quality, Outdora's birdbath fountains complement, rather than compete with, the natural beauty of your outdoor environment. Fountains range in design from classic to modern and are crafted from such compelling materials as copper and weathered stone.