KIDS!!! Play Outside!

They thrive when they can play freely surrounded by nature, sparking their
imaginations and creating memories that will last lifetimes. Maybe they become
pirates on a treasure ship, explorers searching for new lands, fairies fluttering
happily through the forest, detectives searching for clues to mysteries of their
own making… whatever they can dream, they can become…but many don’t have a safe
outdoor place to go to make those memories.

The Children’s Garden at McKee will be that special outdoor place when it opens.

When the vines are pulled back to this new world of wonder, the hundreds of children who visit
McKee Botanical Garden each year will have their own special place in which to write their own
stories at their own pace and in their own ways.

Free of the technology and “screens” that take up so much of their playtime…

As our children become more deeply immersed in technology and virtual interaction takes the place of direct social interaction, the Children’s Garden at McKee will be a much-needed, screen-limited alternative when it is completed in 2020.

The site on which the new Children’s Garden at McKee is set has been awaiting this opportunity
for over 20 years when the first campaign was launched to acquire and restore the 18-acre property.
As a natural complement to McKee’s existing landscape and a resource much needed in the community,
the Children’s Garden at McKee will provide not only an engaging place for children and their
families, but will support an expanded education program to encourage young visitors to fall
in love with nature as its future stewards.


We are so very excited for you to experience it!

Please join us on this exciting journey by becoming a donor to the campaign for the
Children’s Garden at McKee. Help us nurture the powerful bond between children and
nature. In doing so, you will become part of a legacy that will touch the lives of
countless generations, providing a fun and whimsical play space that will inspire
imagination and curiosity in children through interaction, education and exploration,
nurturing a powerful bond with nature.

Drone & Construction Coverage of the Children’s Garden

Meet Emmanuel Didier, Designer of the Children's Garden

“Our landscapes promote resilient environments that foster health, well-being, and ecological diversity for future generations.”

- Emmanuel Didier

“If we want our children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.”

- David Sobel

“Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime.”

- Robin C. Moore

We Recognize with Gratitude the Donors to
the Children’s Garden at McKee to date

$1,000,000 and Above

Elizabeth and Whitney MacMillan

The Schumann Family


Dick and Sally Brickman

Bob and Connie Wood



Bill and Mary Ann Becker

J.S. Beckwith IV Family

William and Marcia Blackburn

Bill and Laura Buck

The Carol and Thomas Corr Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dengler*

Joanne and Lou Hagopian*

Stephanie P. Hurtt

Indian River Community Foundation

The Paul and Jill Kaneb Family Charitable Foundation

Susan Schuyler Smith

State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs


Elizabeth W. Frappier

Mr. James J. McNulty

George and Sheila Marshall

Sandy and Randy Rolf

Warren and Ginny Schwerin

Carolyn and Bill Stutt

Jim and Jean Ueltschi

Pat and Carol Welsh

Kate Beckwith Woody


Mr. and Mrs. Peter Benedict II/Surdna Foundation

Virginia Blossom

The Broadbent Family Foundation

Alice Cole

Mrs. Joan Ganz Cooney

Marion and Willem de Vogel

John and Sue Dobbs

Mr. and Mrs. Edward duPont

The JM Hopwood Charitable Trust

Alma Lee Loy

Dr. and Mrs. David J. McKenna

Gail and Bob Malin

Karen K. Meyer

Dr. and Mrs. Paul Minotty

Mr. and Mrs. Peter O’Malley

Patsy and Don Riefler

Sameth Family Foundation

Harry Webster Walker II Charitable Trust

Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting Foundation


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen

Mrs. Marilyn Asplundh

Robert W. Bauchman

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Baumgardt

Mr. and Mrs. H.K. Benham

The Carwill Foundation

Peter and Crissy Cherry

Helen and Everett Cook

Edward and Sherry Ann Dayton

$10,000-$24,999 (cont.)

Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation

Garden Club of Indian River County

Bill and Cis Glavin

The Graymer Foundation

Duke and Gael Habernickel

John and Kathy Harris

Mrs. Barbara D. Hauptfuhrer

Ted and Sandy How

The Hurtt Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Hutchins*

The Kahle Foundation

Barbara and David Kaytes

Rosemary Kotkowski

The Jean Thomas Lambert Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. James M. Large

Jane and Richard Manoogian

Ellie and Bob McCabe

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew McManus

Dawn and Ted Michael

John and Judi O’Steen

Edward and June Prein

Ted and Carol Price

Mr.* and Mrs. Pendennis Reed

Sandra and Ron Rennick

Mr. John H. Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. Randall D. Rogers

Liz and Hap Schroeder

Sue and John* Scully

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Smith, Jr.

Smithers Family Charitable Fund

Charlotte S. Stifel

Bob and Carmen Stork

Dhuanne S. Tansill

John and Mary Taylor

John and Susan Turben

The Anne D. Wallace and John McClure


Georgia Welles

Windsor Properties


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