For the past three months, our staff, contractors and volunteers have worked tirelessly to reclaim our tropical forest and botanical garden from September’s Hurricane Irma damage. Now we want to welcome you to our grand re-opening.

Admission to the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is free this weekend, beginning with our soft opening on Friday, Dec. 1, and continuing through Sunday. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, we’ll officially celebrate our re-opening. Share our delight and enjoy music, snacks, baked goods by Robin Guieb and children’s activities, including a leaf print workshop sponsored by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.

In September, Hurricane Irma took her toll in the Florida Keys including our own beloved Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. We have been hugely successful in our beginning restoration. Much work remains, because lost many of our legacy, champion and specimen trees in the 81-year-old native forest. You can help with this important project by volunteering your time or making a financial donation.

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). The Key West Garden is a special place where you can appreciate biodiversity and learn more about its importance. Call 305-296-1504 for details or visit

  • What: Grand re-opening day celebration
  • When: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2
  • Where: Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden