Educational Programs


Space is limited and advanced registration is required for all classes. Walk-ins will not be accepted. To register, please call 772-794-0601.



Create a Succulent Dish Garden


Description: Succulents are great for dish gardensbecause they are easy to grow and require little care.Succulent plantings are also available in a variety of colors and textures. In this workshop, participants willlearn the basics of dish gardening, then create their own to take home using a terracotta planter, potting soil, stones, and live succulent plantings.


Instructor: Elaine Erlanger, Hidden Garden, LLC


Date/Time: Saturday, January 9

10:00 am - Noon


Cost:   $55 members, $60 non-members (includes all materials)       


About the Instructor: Elaine Erlanger is the owner of Hidden Garden, LLC located in Vero Beach's historic downtown arts district. Her love of plants began as an adolescent, even building her own greenhouse on her family’s property at age 16. She has taught a variety of workshops and enjoys helping others discover and develop their own green thumb.


Make a Viking Knit Bracelet


Description: Viking knit is an ancient form of circular wire weaving also known as the trichinopoly chain.  The Vikings would weave this chain for rope on their ship or with fine silver to barter with when they went ashore. Participants will observe a demonstration then create their own bracelet using the Viking knit wire weaving technique. Participants will be able to choose from a variety of colored wire and beads. Additional kits will be available for purchase.

Date/Time:   Saturday, January 23

     10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Cost:      $50 members, $55 non-members (includes all materials)

Instructors:   Deborah Apodaca, Deborah Apodaca Designs


About the Instructors: Deborah Apodaca is an artist and jewelry designer who loves making things with her hands. Along with handcrafted jewelry, some of her other creations include serving trays made from upcycled wine bottles, one-of-a-kind lamps, textiles, dolls and more.  She is the owner of Artisan Crafts and Gifts, and examples of her work can be found at







Florida Native Ornamentals


Description: Grown primarily for decorative purposes, ornamental plants are often used to add color and interest to gardens and landscapes. Learn more about some of Florida's native ornamentals, where to plant them, tips for care and maintenance, and more.


Date/Time:   Thursday, January 14

     11:00 am - Noon


Cost:      $15 members, $20 non-members


Instructor:   Carol Whitaker


About the Instructor: Carol Whitaker has worked as a landscape designer, educator and journalist. Now retired, Carol enjoys sharing her passion for plants and gardening with others. She has given presentations on a variety of garden-related topics to garden clubs, libraries, botanical gardens and other venues throughout south Florida.




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