1936-2023 | 87 years as Keeper of the Trees
Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
The only frost-free, sub-tropical, natural conservation habitat, native plant botanical garden in the continental United States
Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Christmas Eve and New Years Eve 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Our plants | Your hands
Volunteer in the Garden | Learn about our native plants by helping preserve this rare ecosystem. Enjoy sharing time with fellow gardeners, trimming, weeding, installing new plants, and performing general maintenance in the Garden or in the Native Plant Nursery where propagation and maintenance of over 1,500 plants takes place. All tools and gloves are supplied.
ART in the GARDEN
Welcome to our spring and summer Art in the Garden Show. Now through July 31, we showcase the outdoor sculptures of local artists. Their works convey a sense of nature using natural, recycled and/or repurposed materials. Sculptures are for sale by the artists. Admission free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
We are open
This historic, rare ecosystem provides a safe and educational alternative through these trying times. There are 15.2 acres of native garden and forest to explore on the six-to-10-foot-wide, ADA compliant boardwalks and nature trails. Visitors have plenty of room for social distancing, walking your dogs and breathing the fresh air under a magnificent open sky in the company of abundant native flora and fauna. This outdoor refuge is the antidote to the coronavirus blues. Spring and summer are glorious with native plants in bloom and plenty of birds and butterflies as part of Mother Nature’s annual migration wonder.
Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Be Safe. Be Well.
Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day
Closes at 1 p.m., on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
On the calendar today
Visit the Virtual Garden
Welcome to the Virtual Garden
Live from Facebook
Nine decades as Keeper of the Trees
The Key West Botanical Garden was founded and developed by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration as a showplace for tourists during the Depression in the 1930’s when Key West went bankrupt. Since 1936, we have been known as the Keeper of the Trees. Today, we celebrate our almost nine decades of service to the community. We welcome you to join us in our mission to sustain the Garden.
What would you like to do today?
Become a member
Memberships include unlimited free admission, special events, gift shop discounts, volunteer opportunities and offers from our partners.
Check events calendar
There's always something to do in the botanical garden and tropical forest. The latest schedules for yoga, plant sales, speaker series and more.
Become a volunteer
Our volunteers get their hands dirty -- or not. We have opportunities for volunteers who love people, plants, trees and animals.
Make a donation
Sustain and preserve our fragile Florida Keys ecosystems. Purchase endangered plants and trees and support educational programs.
Schedule a venue
Wedding? Family reunion? Company outing? Whatever you're planning, our venues are the perfect setting for your special event.
Student and adult education: Speaker Series, Species Spotlight and StoryTime are among our extensive in-person and online courses.
We’ve been green since 1936
We're frost free
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States! A tropical environment with ample rain allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May).
We love our native plants
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is a special place where you can appreciate biodiversity and learn more about its importance. We are home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, this garden advocates the importance of native plants and species through education in a natural conservation habitat.
Rare fresh-water ponds
The Garden has three of the last remaining freshwater ponds in the Keys and is a major migratory stopping point for neotropical birds from places as far away as South America, as well as being home to many rare birds in the Florida Keys. Enjoy this unique US tropical forest and garden and a chance to see hundreds of different butterflies, birds, plants and beautiful flowers.
Preservation & Development
To preserve, develop, expand and maintain the historic Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, cultural heritage museum, wildlife refuge and educational center.
To showcase the historical significance of flora that are native to South Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean and emphasize cultivation of threatened and endangered species of the Florida Keys.
To encourage study of this collection and promote the benefits of native vegetation worldwide. The Society shall also provide educational programs for all age groups and various levels of interest geared to Keys residents, tourists, plant experts, and others.
Let’s do good together
Help us preserve, develop and expand the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge and habitat.
10 AM – 4 PM
Masks requested. Social distance. Group size controlled. Subject to change.
5210 College Road
Key West, FL 33040