Protecting the Florida Keys Ecosystems

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, we support native plants and species in a natural conservation habitat

Welcome to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Help us preserve, develop and expand the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge and habitat

 

Art in the Garden 2018 | Coming Saturday, April 28

Free admission. Meet the artists. Explore the Garden and see how well we are recovering from our challenging weather over the past six months. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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Every day is a beautiful day in the tropical forest and botanical garden. Ready to visit? Then let us share the details

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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 beautiful venues are the perfect setting for your special event.

Explore the Living Lab

We partner with Monroe County schools and teachers to create unique, interactive educational programs for K-6 students.

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Hatha Yoga

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What you need to know today

Art in the Garden | Celebrating our eco-system renewal

Join us for our After-Hours Opening Reception on Saturday! Meander garden pathways through dappled shade cast by the fresh leafing of storm-ravaged trees and spot…sculpture! Nature has not been benign in recent months, but spring rains bring renewal and the return of...

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Speakers Series | Get your Keys garden growing

Interested in learning more about the complex and fascinating environmental world of Key West and the Florida Keys? Then join us this Saturday, April 21, for our Speaker Series:Understanding the Florida Keys and how that affects gardening — Susan Reutling, master...

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Migration Mania | Get ready for NEXT year

EXCITING PRIZES, EGG HUNTS, LIVE ANIMALS, BOUNCE HOUSE, GAMES, CRAFTS, FACE PAINT, LIVE MUSIC! Join us for our huge annual celebration of Spring! Crafts, games, bounce house, egg hunts and activities all included with admission! Raffle tickets, food and drinks...

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Welcome to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

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 and trees

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.

Two, rare freshwater ponds

The Garden has two 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.

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Preservation

To preserve, develop and expand the Key West Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge and habitat

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Public Awareness

To educate the public about the threatened, endangered and endemic flora and fauna of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin

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Education

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

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Conservation

To conduct conservation programs to understand and propagate threatened and endangered endemic species of native flora and fauna

Our featured campaign

Support our Tribute Tree program

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed or damaged several of our Champion and Legacy trees. You can help us replace them and expand the tropical forest by supporting our Tribute Tree program. 

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Tree Tribute campaign

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You can help replace trees damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma through our Tribute Tree program. Tribute amounts for trees vary, depending on the age and location of the tree. Trees closer to the paths and public viewing require larger donations than those smaller, but still important, plants within the collection. Weatherproof plaques with the names and inscription of the tribute will be attached to the tree or placed on a stand in front of the tree.

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