Educational Programs



Photographing Waterlilies

Description: Just in time for McKee’s June waterlily photo contest, find out how to give your photos a more professional look. Enjoy an early-morning photo shoot at McKee and learn to apply concepts such as framing, texture, pattern, light and depth to get your photos looking picture-perfect! Class will include an instructional lesson, a guided photo shoot and a critique session with the chance to review photos. NOTE: Participants should be comfortable with their camera’s basic functions before taking this class. Bring your camera, manual, an empty memory card and extra batteries.


Date/Time:   May 16

     8:30 am - 11:30 am


Cost:      $30 members, $35 non-members


Instructor:   Pat Rice, JPR Images

About the Instructor: Pat Rice has been a member of the Indian River Photo Club since 2004. He served as the group’s president in 2008 and previously held positions as second and first vice president. Pat also created the Club’s website, now run by his son, and has presented programs on Photoshop, Photodex and low-light photography to members. His passion is not only using his camera, but also teaching others how to use theirs.



Cooking Classes


Flavors of Spring

Description: Get inspired with simple, creative dishes that highlight the flavors of the season. Chef Chris Bireley will share his passion for cooking as he demonstrates how to prepare crab encrusted flounder with béarnaise, oven roasted potatoes, niçoise vegetables and sweet greens salad. Participants will enjoy samples of the featured dishes.


Date/Time: April 26

1:00 - 2:30 pm


Cost:   $40 members, $45 non-members  


Summer Brunch

Description: Create a delicious brunch with dishesthatreflect the tastes of summer. In this demonstration,Chef Chris Bireley will show you how to give a modern twist to classic brunch favorites. Recipes will be shared and a tasting will follow.


Date/Time: June 28

1:00 - 2:30 pm


Cost:   $40 members, $45 non-members



Instructor: Chef Chris Bireley, Osceola Bistro


About the Instructor: Chris Bireley is the owner and executive chef at Osceola Bistro in Vero Beach. His signature fresh, local cooking can also be enjoyed at McKee, where he is the exclusive caterer and proprietor of the Garden Cafe. A native of Vero Beach, Chris creates dishes reflective of his culinary travels. He is a graduate of the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, and has held positions in restaurants all over the world, from Napa Valley to northern Italy.


Intro to Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Description: In India,it is believed thata meal shared is a blessing multiplied. Let Urvi's passion for cooking and sharing with others inspire you during this lesson in Indian culture and cuisine. Find out what spices are utilized in Indian cooking, and enjoy samples of a variety of dishes. Past participants are welcome as different recipes will be featured. This class is always a favorite, so register early! Spice boxes will be available for purchase.


Date/Time:   June 7

     2:00 - 4:00 pm


Cost:      $55 members, $60 non-members


Instructor:   Chef Urvi Upadhyay

     Cooking with Urvi


About the Instructor: Born inthe State of Gujarat, India and raised in the United States, Urvi is a home chef and caterer who has been guided by generations of recipes which she has honed by adding her own personal touch.  She enjoys sharing her passion for Indian cuisine with others, and teaches private cooking classes out of her Vero Beach home where she encourages her students to "cook from the heart."


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

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

Summer Camp Information