Florida Tech Botanical Garden

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United States of America - Florida - Melbourne

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BGCI Member: No

About the Florida Tech Botanical Garden

A stream bordered by a shady hammock, abounding in palm trees and other tropical growth, winds through the heart of the campus and is the setting for a 15-acre Botanical Garden. The main trail has been named the Dent Smith Trail in honor of the founder of the Palm Society, a worldwide organization primarily engaged in the study of the palm family, in all its aspects. Florida Tech's Garden, through the intense interest of Founding President Emeritus Jerome P. Keuper and the inspiration and help of Mr. Dent Smith in the 1960's, has become one of the most unique campus botanical gardens of its kind in the continental United States.

Main Address:
Florida Tech Botanical Garden
150 W. University Blvd
Florida 32901 United States of America

Telephone: (321) 674-8038
URL: https://www.fit.edu/garden/
Primary Email: garden@fit.edu

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Holly Chichester, University Horticulturist/Manager of Grounds
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1968
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Latitude: 28.0600848
    Longitude: -80.6244242
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes

Plant Collections

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes