In 1993, environmental activist and artist Nancy Forrester opened her one-acre garden in the heart of old Key West to the public.
She’d worked on it for more than forty years, bringing together more than 150 species of palms, cycads, orchids, bromeliads, and tropical trees, with the addition in 2006 of more than 300 species of rare aroids and ferns from the Jerry Kranz rainforest collection formerly at Crane Point Hammock.
Located on the highest point in Key West, the garden has survived storm surges that damaged other plantings and natural areas throughout the island.
The garden serves as a wildlife sanctuary for a flock of orphaned macaws. Nancy provides educational programs, including a “Parrot 101” class.