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

Fall Migration Mania | Sept. 21-23

Join the flock and explore more about the natural wonder of migration by attending one of the events of the Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania Birding & Nature Adventure offered by the Key West Botanical Garden Society and the National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida.  For the tenth year, learn as you enjoy the wonders of the annual migration at two iconic bird and butterfly hot spots in the Lower Keys. Free for current Garden members! Reservations required.

Bring your binoculars and let's spot some birds!

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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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Memberships include unlimited free admission, special events, gift shop discounts, volunteer opportunities and offers from our partners.

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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.

Education

Student and adult education: Speaker Series, Species Spotlight and StoryTime are among our extensive in-person and online courses.

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Before Hurricane Irma in September 2017, the Floy Thompson Pond Overlook was one of the Garden’s most popular destinations for quiet contemplation.

Hurricane damage means the pond Overlook must be completely restored.

Two uprooted buttonwood trees moved the Overlook off its foundation.

Help us restore the pond Overlook

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed the Garden’s Floy Thompson Pond Overlook, one of our most popular destinations for quiet contemplation of this natural, fresh-water pond.
Two very large Buttonwood trees were uprooted, falling into the pond taking the Overlook with them. The Overlook was moved off of its foundation and needs to be completely restored. It cannot be repaired.
This is an expensive challenge for the not-for-profit Garden. Thankfully a generous anonymous donor has stepped forward with a $20,000 gift that helps us toward our goal. Please consider your own gift to the Key West Botanical Garden Society to help us match the gift from our wonderful Garden donor and supporter. Doing so will ensure we can proceed with the Overlook restoration.

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Desbiens Pond Overlook Restoration Project

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed the Garden’s Floy Thompson Pond Overlook, one of our most popular destinations for quiet contemplation of this natural, fresh-water pond. A generous anonymous donor has stepped forward with a $20,000 gift that helps us toward our goal of $40,000. Please consider your own gift to the Key West Botanical Garden Society to help us match the gift from our wonderful Garden donor and supporter.

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.

Our mission

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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

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