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.

Garden Cafe Closed for the Summer

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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.


CAMP MCKEE The garden environment is perfect for keeping minds, bodies and imaginations active. Campers will take daily nature walks where they will search out waterlilies, spy insects in the grass, and discover botanical specimens of all shapes and sizes that reside in the Garden. Best of all, they will learn firsthand what makes the Great Outdoors so great!

WATERLILY CELEBRATION PHOTO CONTEST GUIDELINESMcKee Botanical Garden is currently accepting submissions for its Annual Waterlily Photo Contest that will be held in conjunction with its 11th Annual Waterlily Celebration on June 20. Download the General Guidelines and the Youth Guidelines.

ANNUAL WATERLILY CELEBRATION - JUNE 20th8:30am - 2:00pm. See the state's largest collection of waterlilies featuring over 100 varities and over 300 plants. Admission is $10 Adults, $9 Seniors and $5 Children.

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.