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.
Top Picks for your Visit
ROAR OF THE DINOSAUR On display now - May 1, 2016. The exhibit, ROAR of the Dinosaur, features the life-sized creations of well-known fossil collector and Paleontologist, Guy Darrough.
7th ANNUAL MOTOR CAR EXHIBITIONCome join us as we display cars made by a manufacturer or division of a manufacturer that no longer exists. Forty carefully chosen "extinct" motor cars will be displayed inside the Garden to coincide with its 'ROAR of the Dinosaur' sculpture exhibit. February 13th from 10:00am - 3:00pm.
'THE ROYALS' BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY For three weeks Patrick and his dedicated team of volunteers worked tirelessly bending, lifting, climbing scaffolding, weaving, trimming, and shaping the willow branches despite numerous days of inclement weather. On January 24, the masterpiece was completed and will remain on-site at McKee until nature and time cause it to breakdown.
OSCEOLA BISTRO AT MCKEE Osceola Bistro at the Garden Cafe is now open. Specializing in fresh, local food, the chalkboard menu features house made soups, gourmet sandwiches and salads made with local organic greens. A children's menu featuring kid-friendly favorites such as grilled cheese, hot dogs and PB & J is also available.
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. Note - due to increased visititation during the ROAR of the Dinosaur, the Garden Discovery Backpacks are not available on the weekends.