Fat Plants of the World

Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Cost: $20 Members/$25 Non-members

In this informative presentation, participants will learn about Caudiciform Plants (fat plants) and how to grow succulents from seed, leaf and plant cuttings.  In addition, a variety of other rare plants will be discussed, including Adeniums (Desert Rose), Boswellia, Pachypodiums, Euphorbia milli (Crown of Thorns), Myrmecodia (Ant Plants), Agaves, Orchids, Carniverous plants and Echeveria as well as soil conditions, light requirements and fertilizing.


Instructor:  Dr. Lawrence Apotheker, Buddha’s Garden

Dr. Lawrence Apotheker is a chiropractic physician and acupuncturist who has a degree in gemology.  He has been collecting rare plants from many different countries for over 20 years, and has brought back numerous species from Thailand and India for tissue culture labs.  Dr. Apotheker’s major focus is on succulents from Africa, Mexico and Central America.



Florida’s Sea Turtles

Friday, June 2, 2017

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Cost:  $10 Members/$12 Non-members

Sea turtle enthusiasts will enjoy a fascinating presentation as environmental specialist Kendra Cope leads a discussion on sea turtle biology and local impacts on sea turtles, and shares steps that Indian River County is taking to make our beaches a better habitat for sea turtle nesting.


Instructor:  Kendra Cope

Kendra is an Environmental Specialist for the Coastal Engineering Division of Indian River County.  In her role as Indian River County’s Sea Turtle Coordinator, she manages the IRC Sea Turtle Program and its numerous volunteer opportunities, including the nesting, stranding, education and lighting programs.  Kendra received her Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology at the University of Central Florida as part of the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group.  Kendra is also the organizer of the annual Sebastian Lionfish Fest and serves on the Executive Board of the Friends of the Carr Refuge.



“Photography in the Garden”

Saturday, June 10, 2017

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $30 Members/$35 Non-members

Participants will learn how to apply concepts such as framing, texture, pattern, and light and depth in their photography.  Participants will enjoy exploring the Garden and taking photos that the group will review and critique at the end of the workshop. Each participant should be familiar and comfortable with their cameras’ basic functions before taking this class.  Bring your camera, manual, an empty memory card and extra batteries.


Instructor:  Pat Rice, JPR Images

Owner of JPR Images, Pat’s beautiful photographs of McKee Botanical Garden are often featured in our brochures and marketing materials.  In addition to his professional photography business, Pat has been a member of the Indian River Photo Club since 2004, previously serving as President.  Pat not only enjoys taking photographs, but also teaching others how to take them.


Cooking with Chef Kim Coveny of Joey’s Seafood Shack

Saturday, June 24, 2017

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Cost: $40 Members/$45 Non-members

Calling all seafood lovers!  Join Chef Kim Coveny of Joey’s Seafood Shack for a cooking demonstration and tasting of her famous seafood dishes with an Italian flare.   Participants will enjoy samplings of featured dishes.


Instructor:  Chef Kim Coveny, Joey’s Seafood Shack

Chef Kim Coveny has worked in the restaurant business all her life. Partnering with the

founder of Joey’s Seafood Shack, Joseph Fenyak who spent over 30 years in the seafood business at the FULTON FRESH MARKET in New York City, the pair is famous for serving up delicious seafood cuisine with a delightful Italian flair!




“Lighten Up” Healthy Cooking Demonstration Series

Participants will enjoy lunch during each demonstration


Lesson One:  “How To Prep Like a Pro”

Saturday, July 8, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  $45 Members/$50 Non-members

Gain tips on planning ahead and prepping a week’s worth of healthy meals when you are short on time to cook. 


Lesson Two:  Delicious Ways To Prepare Vegetables

Saturday, July 15, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  $45 Members/$50 Non-members

In this session, participants will learn 1) knife skills such as how to dice, slice and chop, 2) useful equipment, 3) different types of vegetables including greens, cruciferous and roots, 4) practical application such as roasted, steamed and sautéed vegetable recipes, and 5) educational component and handouts about phytonutrients and antioxidants, the immune system and recipes.


Lesson Three:  Demystifying Grains and Glutens

Saturday, July 22, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  $45 Members/$50 Non-members

In this session, participants will learn 1) risotto, boiling and baking and how to cook the perfect risotto, 2) different types of grains, gluten v. non-gluten, including the lesser-known gluten-containing grains and ancient grains, 3) pasta, noodles and bread, 4) grains as a vehicle for increasing vegetable servings, 5) the real deal on gluten, and 6) how to identify true whole wheat versus bogus.


Lesson Four:  Healthy Snacks

Saturday, July 29, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  $45 Members/$50 Non-members

In this session, participants will learn the following 1) when snacking is good and when it’s not, 2) real food versus lab snacks, 3) why protein bars are an abomination, 4) easy to prepare healthy snacks.


Lesson Five:  Fun and Healthy Cooking for Kids, A Workshop for Children

Saturday, August 5, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  $35 Members/$40 Non-members

Children will enjoy a “hands-on” experience in preparing a fun and healthy meal in a practical application of the Nutrition Detectives program devised by Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffen Prevention Research Center. Children will learn how to spot unhealthy foods and simple dishes that make healthy ingredients shine and will become certified “Nutrition Detectives” at the end of the session. 


Instructors:  Michael Clifford, Jr. and Jayne McAllister, SeaLantro, LLCMichael is a Vero Beach native who began his culinary career under the watchful eye of British Chef Bruce Turner.  SeaLantro was born when he teamed up with his partner Jayne McAllister to prepare delicious cuisine for clients following her weight-loss and healthy-eating programs. Michael loves to take clean, healthy food and add bold flavors with an Asian or Caribbean flair. In addition to serving personal and corporate clients freshly-prepared meals-to-go, SeaLantro operates the restaurant at the Boulevard Tennis Club.



Due to our limited space, we ask that students withdraw from classes at least seven working days prior to the start of the class in order to receive a refund. If we must cancel a class, we will make every effort to inform you prior to the class time, and you will receive a full refund. All classes are held at McKee Botanical Garden. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all classes.


To register, please call 772-794-0601 or visit us at the Garden at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL  32962.  Cash and checks only.


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Children's Guide to McKee
McKee Botanical Garden's Children's Guide is now available on-line

Tour Information

Are you interested in booking a tour of McKee Botanical Garden? If so, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ro vanDright at 772-794-0601 ext. 113 or by email volunteer@mckeegarden.org.

Remember, your tour is not confirmed until we have received your deposit and you have spoken with our Volunteer Coordinator.

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