McKee Botanical Garden Recognized As One Of The Ten Most Romantic Places in Florida by Coastal Living

McKee Botanical Garden was recently recognized by Coastal Living as one of the “Ten Most Romantic Places in Florida” and featured as a “soothing sanctuary and magical garden”.  For those who have already visited the Garden, this will come as no surprise. However, if you have not been to McKee, you are missing out on a true Treasure Coast gem. 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. The Garden is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of national significance.

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 over 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as one of the largest waterlily collections in the state of Florida.

To read the article in Coastal Living visit  McKee has previously 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 2016,  McKee was awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor as well as Treasure Coast Newspapers/’s People’s Choice Award for “Best Local Attraction” and “Best Local Tours”. 

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. 

Don’t miss the 14th Annual Waterlily Celebration on Saturday, June 16, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm featuring McKee’s vast waterlily collection comprised of 80 varieties and over 300 potted and 100 free-range plants. The gates will open early at 8:30 amfor you to enjoy an early-morning stroll through the Garden to catch a glimpse of some of the night-blooming varieties before they retreat.  This event also features repotting demonstrations, plant sales, plein air artists creating original works of art, and the Annual Waterlily Photo Contest on display. Guests will also have an opportunity to speak with our plant experts during this event. Summer admission rates apply.

$10 Adults, $9 Seniors, and $5 Children ages 3-12.  McKee members and children under 3 are free.  For more information about this event and McKee, visit or call 772-794-0601.

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.

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