GardenFest: The Ultimate Nature Lover’s Day Out in Key West

Set your calendars for March 2nd, folks! The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is throwing open its gates for "GardenFest Key West - The Green Market Place". And guess what? It's free!

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 5210 College Road, you can immerse yourself in a unique open-air "living museum". This place isn’t just any garden - it's the only frost-free subtropical moist forest in the continental United States. And it's been doing its thing since 1936, making it one of Key West's time-honored attractions.

The real showstopper? The docent-led tours through the 15-acre habitat. It’s like stepping into a secret world, with endangered plants and animals that call South Florida, Cuba, and the Caribbean home.

Shopping alert for green thumbs: The native plant nursery is stocked with perennials, trees, shrubs, and yes, those Instagram-worthy orchids.

But wait, there's more. Local artisans are bringing their A-game with arts and crafts galore. Think handmade jewelry, unique woodcrafts, and eco-friendly health and beauty goodies.

GardenFest isn’t just about the greenery. It’s a full-on festival vibe with live music, food, drinks, and a children’s science corner. And for those who love a good find, there's a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

This isn't just a fun day out; it's a fundraiser for the botanical garden. This biodiversity haven boasts wetland habitats, butterfly gardens, champion trees, and a smorgasbord of self-guided tours.

Ready for a day of nature, shopping, and chill vibes? Check out for more deets. See you at GardenFest!