The Key West Garden Club is a hidden gem in Key West—it’s easy to pass by and never know that it’s there. However, once you wander onto the grounds near Higgs Beach, this pocket of paradise featuring native and exotic trees and plants and sweeping ocean views might become your new favorite destination in Key West.
The Key West Garden Club is also home to the West Martello Tower, which was built as a fortification during the Civil War in the 1860s. Never used in battle, the fort fell into disrepair and became the home of the Key West Garden Club 1955. Due to efforts of the Garden Club and the public, West Martello Tower was declared a National Historic Site in 1976 and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
With a mission to provide educational opportunities to the community, the Key West Garden Club focuses on tropical gardening and is home to many species of native and exotic flora that cannot be found in northern areas of Florida. From bromeliads to flowering orchids, guests who wander the grounds from the gazebos to the lily pond and waterfall will be delighted by the lush foliage and pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown Key West.
Located where White Street meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Key West Garden Club is open every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. West Martello Tower is open Tuesdays through Saturdays in season from 9:30 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. Admission is free; donations are accepted.