McKee Botanical Garden

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United States of America - Florida - Vero Beach

Institution Code: MCKEE

BGCI Member: Yes

About the McKee Botanical Garden

McKee Botanical Garden, located on an 18-acre tropical hammock in Vero Beach, Florida, is where native plants and exotic botanicals combine with Old Florida charm. The Garden features 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as one of the largest waterlily collections in the state of Florida comprised of over 80 varieties and over 300 potted and 100 free-range plants including night and day-blooming varieties. Thousands of visitors come to the Garden each year to learn about McKee’s rich history and enjoy the natural landscape of majestic palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams, and historic structures.

In addition to the Garden’s 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 courses for adults and children, and special events.

McKee Botanical Garden is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.

McKee has garnered national attention in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, House and Garden, Southern Living and The New York Times, and was named one of “22 Secret Gardens – Soothing Places of Surprise and Sanctuary in the U.S. and Canada” by National Geographic Traveler and was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Gardens That Florida Has To Offer” by In 2018, McKee was awarded the 2018 Certificate of Excellence award from The Garden is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of national significance.

The Garden continues to grow and prosper through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations and from income generated through admissions, gift shop sales, and educational programs.

In the fall of 2017, McKee embarked upon a new journey… the Children’s Garden at McKee. As a natural compliment to McKee’s existing offerings, the Children’s Garden will provide not only an engaging place for families, but will allow for expanded educational opportunities and programs to encourage young visitors to engage with nature as our future stewards. The mission of the Children’s Garden is to create a fun and whimsical outdoor destination that inspires imagination and curiosity through interaction, education and exploration. The Children’s Garden is expected to open in late summer, 2019.

Main Address:
McKee Botanical Garden
350 US Highway 1
Vero Beach
Florida 32962-4314 United States of America

Telephone: (772) 794-0601
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Christine Hobart, Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Andreas Daehnick, Director of Horticulture
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
  • Date founded: 2001
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 7 Hectares
    Latitude: 27.6364574
    Longitude: -80.3819122
    Annual Rainfall: 1409 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes