Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai, The

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United States of America - Florida - Key Largo

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Platycerium angolense (elephant ear fern) at The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai.
Platycerium angolense (elephant ear fern) at The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai.

About the Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai, The

The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort endeavors to improve people’s appreciation of plants and understanding of the role plants have played in the development of human life, from the beginning of recorded time through tomorrow.

Our Garden mission: Education - Transformation - Restoration . As an ethnobotanic garden,The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai endeavors to enhance one's understanding of the significant role plants play in our everyday lives.

We believe a successful 21st Century world is one in which people have accepted "Plants as Partners™"

Our exclusive TYUP™, a 90 minute tour, "Transforming Your Understanding of Plants," opens visitor's eyes up to understanding "Why Plants Matter." At The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort, we provide educational courses, lectures, publications, visitor programs on plant life, a unique botanic art exhibition gallery celebrating plant life, self-guided and by-appointment TYUP™ tours, as well as lodging for visiting scientists and garden visitors.

To our knowledge, The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort is the only botanic garden in the world in which a layperson can stay overnight. In addition, we are one of only two frost-free botanic gardens in the continental United States.

Main Address:
Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai, The
Overseas Highway
Key Largo
Florida 33037 United States of America

Telephone: (305) 393-2504
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Joe C. Harris, Jr., Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Emily Magnaghi, Associate Director / Botanist
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Emily Magnaghi, Associate Director / Botanist
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 2009
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 1 Hectares
    Latitude: 25.0770719
    Longitude: -80.4604537
    Annual Rainfall: 1130 mm
    Altitude: 1.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai
  • Local Address: Overseas Highway
  • Locality: City: Key Largo
  • Locality: State: Florida

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
  • Number of Visitors: 1000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 454
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 430
  • Special Collections:Can be accessed on-line but a pre-arranged password is required. Information is ethnobotanic in nature. BG-Base database is not currently available on-line. Contact the Executive Director:
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: No
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes