Located on a tropical hammock at the southern gateway to Vero Beach, Florida, McKee Botanical Garden is where native plants and exotic botanicals combine with Old Florida charm. Follow the Garden's pathways through a grove of majestic palms; past tranquil streams accented with colorful waterlilies. Explore 18 acres of natural landscape preserved and restored to the vision of its founders. Discover trees, waterfalls and historic structures each with their own unique story.
In addition to horticultural beauty, McKee Botanical Garden is a valued resource for cultural enrichment, hosting a variety of programs each season including world-class art exhibits, educational offerings and special events. The Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of National Significance.
McKee Botanical Garden is a private, not-for-profit organization that continues to grow and develop through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, and from income generated through admissions, gift shop sales and rentals. We look forward to your visit!
To nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.
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FAIRY AND PIRATE FESTIVALMcKee Botanical Garden's Sixth Annual Fairy & Pirate Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, bringing the magical world of fairies, pirates and McKee Botanical Garden together for a fun-filled adventure. Admission is $10 Adults, $9 Seniors and $5 Children. Members are FREE.
2nd EDITION MIRACLE OF MCKEE NOW AVAILABLE The Second Edition of The Miracle of McKee is now available. It is filled with colorful photographs which chronicle the development of this treasure for Vero Beach and also pays homage to Entomologist, Jim Haeger, Garden friend and creator of The McKee Jungle Garden Preservation Society.
'THE ROYALS' BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY For three weeks Patrick and his dedicated team of volunteers worked tirelessly bending, lifting, climbing scaffolding, weaving, trimming, and shaping the willow branches despite numerous days of inclement weather. On January 24, the masterpiece was completed and will remain on-site at McKee until nature and time cause it to breakdown.
OSCEOLA BISTRO AT MCKEE Osceola Bistro at the Garden Cafe is open now through Mother's Day. Specializing in fresh, local food, the chalkboard menu features house made soups, gourmet sandwiches and salads made with local organic greens. A children's menu featuring kid-friendly favorites such as grilled cheese, hot dogs and PB & J is also available.
GARDEN DISCOVERY BACKPACKS For children ages 3-12, McKee's Garden Discovery Backpacks are perfect for charting your own Garden adventure! Each backpack contains an educational guide and a variety of tools for exploration. Choose from five themes: Garden Explorer, Things with Wings, It's a Bug's World, Plantastic and Survival: Lost in the Jungle. Please note - the backpacks are not available during events or during peak periods, including the weekends.