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!
Now hiring FT Gardener
Download the job application here.
To nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.
Top Picks for your Visit
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. Included in admission price; please inquire at our Admissions window.
OSCEOLA BISTRO AT THE GARDEN CAFE Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and Sunday, noon to 2:30 pm. Specializing in fresh, local food, the chalkboard menu features house made soups, sandwiches and salads. Please note, you do not need to pay Garden admission if you are just visiting the cafe.
FAIRY AND PIRATE FESTIVAL MAY 2 10am-1pm Our 2015 festival will feature a variety of themed activities sure to delight pixies and pirates alike including a wishing bush, fairy manicures, dancing around a maypole, make a fairy ribbon twirler, decorate a pirate picture frame, and follow a treasure map.
HISTORIC WATERFALL Located at the entrance to the Garden's Main Jungle Trail, this historic landmark, original to McKee Jungle Gardens, underwent a complete restoration last year. Thanks to the generosity of our members and donors, visitors can now enjoy the peaceful sounds of softly cascading water once again.