McKee to celebrate ‘National Public Gardens Week’ from May 14th through May 19 th with BOGO admission


McKee Botanical Garden will offer one free admission to the Garden with any paid admission (with a coupon*) in celebration of ‘National Public Gardens Week’ from Tuesday, May 14th through Sunday, May 19.

Presented by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), National Public Gardens Week is an annual celebration to raise awareness about the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.

 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 nearly 500 plants. 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 has garnered national attention in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, House and Garden, Southern Living, the New York Times,and Orlando Sentinel. The Garden 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, Coastal Livingrecognized McKee as one of the Top Ten Most Romantic Places in Florida.   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.

In the fall of 2017, McKee Botanical Garden embarked on 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 new Children’s Garden at McKee will open in late summer 2019.

 “We are pleased to participate in National Public Gardens Week, which recognizes the significance of public gardens and what they contribute to their communities,” said Christine Hobart, Executive Director of McKee Botanical Garden. *To take advantage of the buy one, get one free admission offer, please visit McKee Botanical Garden’s page on the National Public Gardens Day website at: click on ‘Get this Offer.’ You must print out the coupon from this site and bring it in. Coupons are not available at McKee Botanical Garden and we cannot print them out.

About McKee Botanical Garden:

McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) 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 Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach. Summer admission rates (effective May 1) are $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children ages 3 to 12. Admission is free for members and children under 3. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm. The Garden is closed Mondays. For more information, visit or call 772-794-0601.

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