Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
The only frost-free, natural conservation habitat, botanical garden in the continental United States
We are open. Daily. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Social distancing protocols
Scarecrows in the Forest | Register TODAY
Help us preserve, develop and expand the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge and habitat
The Garden is open!
This historic, rare ecosystem provides a safe and educational alternative through these trying times. There are 15 acres of native garden and forest to explore on the six-to-10-foot-wide 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.
Safe distancing protocols are in effect. Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Be Safe. Be Well.
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#KWVirtualGarden | Students
Our virtual garden is the perfect choice when you need smart, fun and well-planned activities for the children in your lives — with just the right balance between screen time and structured play. Videos, interactive lessons, StoryTime and hands-on activities designed by our education team and consistent with state of Florida education standards.
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Scarecrows in the Forest
Calling school-age groups; businesses, creative professionals and amateur individuals; and not-for profits. Design, create and display your scarecrow in the Forest.
Registration deadline: Aug. 15
Installation: Aug. 15-30
Open to Public: September-November
Call for Scarecrows!
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden kicks off its 2nd annual Scarecrows in the Forest event with a call to individuals, creative professionals, organizations and businesses to create their own scarecrows for display in the garden. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of three categories: school-age groups; not-for-profit groups; and businesses, amateur individuals and creative professionals. Best in Show will be chosen by garden visitors. Scarecrow creators are encouraged to use natural and recycled materials.
Student Art in the Garden Project
Twenty students are invited to join in a workshop with local artists of the Key West Art in the Garden Exhibit to design, create and exhibit their masterpiece in the Scarecrows in the Forest Exhibit and Contest that runs through Nov. 30, 2020. Materials will be provided by the art project and the workshops will be held at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden.
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We’ve been green since 1989
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.
To preserve, develop and expand the Key West Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge and habitat
To educate the public about the threatened, endangered and endemic flora and fauna of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin
Our adult and youth education programs ensure our members and visitors know how they can protect our ecosystems. The Living Laboratory uses interactive workshops to teach students about the importance and the benefits of native plants and wildlife
To conduct conservation programs to understand and propagate threatened and endangered endemic species of native flora and fauna