By day, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is your run-of-the-mill nature escape. There are trees, awe-inspiring views, and some cool plants. But this holiday season, all of that will change when the sun goes down. For six weeks, the botanical garden will be transformed into a three-dimensional, immersive outdoor art exhibition. It's called the NightGarden, and its creators promise this “illuminated wonderland” will be the next great “Instagrammable hotspot."
Orchestrated by entertainment company Kilburn Media, the nighttime spectacular is like something straight out of James Cameron’s Avatar. There’s a larger-than-life tree with a face carved into its trunk — and, yes, it talks. There are glowing, orb-shaped plants and even fairies. You’ll spend a lot of time walking around, looking up, and saying, “Whoa.”
The interactive event will span over 23 acres and include mind-bending visions of illuminated landscapes. Guests can expect mazes, tons of lights, and a multisensory flower installation, among other delights.
“We genuinely hope that people can visit without their phones and truly lose themselves in the moment.”
NightGarden. 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from November 23 through January 6, 2019, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651; fairchildgarden.org. Tickets cost $28 via thenightgarden.com.