1936-2021 | 85 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
Masks required. Social distancing protocols

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, ADA compliant boardwalks and nature Garden logotrails. 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.

Covid-19 protocols: Masks are required at all times and social distancing must be maintained. Keep your mask handy!  Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Be Safe. Be Well.



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Welcome to the Virtual Garden

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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Did you know there is a naturalized tomato in the Florida Keys?!

To learn more about this species that we have here, check out #KWVirtualGarden by registering for FREE at www.keywest.garden/education/

If you are interested in growing this tomato around your home, come to our native nursery plant sale which takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month!
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Our 85th Anniversary

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The Garden celebrates its 85th anniversary in 2021

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. In 2021, we celebrate our 85th anniversary. 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.


Our new online videos and classes are unique, interactive educational programs for parents and students K-8.

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.

Our mission


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


Public Awareness

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

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.

Open Daily

10 AM – 4 PM

Covid protocols

Masks required. Social distance. Group size controlled. Subject to change.





5210 College Road
Key West, FL 33040

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