1936-2024 | 88 years as Keeper of the Trees

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Welcome to the Garden

The only frost-free, sub-tropical, natural conservation habitat, native plant botanical garden with three fresh-water ponds in the continental United States.


Annual Art in the Garden

The 14th Annual Art in the Garden exhibit: Explore the beautiful spring in the Garden and celebrate the natural works of local artists and sculptors. Free for Garden members; $10 general admission. Art in the Garden exhibit runs April 28-July 31.


Native Nursery | Bring your food for compost!

Bring your food scraps to support composting in the Keys pilot research and educational collaboration with the UF/IFAS Monroe County Extension.  Food waste will be accepted every third Saturday during the plant sale. Fruits, vegetables, grains (pasta, bread, rice), coffee grounds and egg shells.  No meat or dairy. 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 20 in the Garden


Featured events calendar

Garden open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check our calendar for special events to plan your visit to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden.


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Oh, the magic we will make!

Nature is art | Three Children's Summer Workshops

REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY! | Register today for three great children’s art workshops at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Each workshop is $10 per child and preregistration and payment are required. Registration is limited to 15. For more details and to register and pay, click the button below. Attend one or all three: 10 a.m.-Noon; July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21.

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 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.

Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Be Safe. Be Well.

Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day

Christmas Eve: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.



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Garden Map

Take along our Garden map

Simply scan the QR code for our new online map for your mobile device and get started on your journey through the magical Garden. Or, if it’s easier for you, click HERE for mobile acess to the map.

Visit the Virtual Garden

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Welcome to the Virtual Garden

Our virtual garden connects students and adults with the Garden through video tours, lessons and special events. The Virtual Living Lab 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. #KWVirtualGarden

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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.

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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.

Our mission

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.


Historical significance

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.

Open Daily

10 AM – 4 PM

Covid protocols

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







5210 College Road
Key West, FL 33040