Key West's Hidden Garden Gems: Exclusive Tours Feb. 23-24

Attention, nature enthusiasts! Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, you're invited to a rare peek behind the lush, private gardens of Key West. The Key West Garden Club is rolling out the green carpet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., showcasing the nature-infused lifestyle that makes this island a paradise.

What's on the agenda? Think of it as a green-thumbed expedition through Von Phister Street's best-kept secrets in the Casa Marina area. Each garden flaunts a unique vibe— from "old Florida" tranquility at 1400 Von Phister to the Zen serenity at 915 Von Phister, once Tennessee Williams' gift to his sister.

But it's not just about ooh-ing and aah-ing over exotic palms and clever landscaping. Garden club docents will be your tour guides, dishing out fun facts and answering your burning horticultural questions. Plus, at 1100 Von Phister, catch the “Sculptures in the Garden” talk, where art meets foliage, and yes, those sculptures are up for grabs!

Don't miss the West Martello Gardens, where history and horticulture collide. Nestled in a Civil War–era fort, it's a living showcase of orchids, bromeliads, and a butterfly haven, all tended by the club's green-fingered volunteers.

Tickets? A steal at $30 in advance or $35 on tour days, with all proceeds nurturing the West Martello Gardens and the club's greening initiatives. Grab yours at or swing by the 915 and 1400 Von Phister spots on tour days.

Whether you're a plant lover or just in for a serene stroll, these tours are your ticket to Key West’s garden glory. See you there!