518 Elizabeth St, Key West, FL, United States
Located right in the middle of crowded Old Town Key West, this place is an "island in the stream." Owner Nancy Forrester has somehow managed to face down the pressure of development and the tree-tearing fury of hurricanes in order to keep this 30-year-old garden pristine and magnificent. Here you will see the tropics in all its foliage glory with exotics such as orchids nestling in branches, huge ferns, bromeliads, red ginger, pink heliconias and a "sunburn" gumbo-limbo tree. Some plants are rare and endangered; others are extinct in their original habitats. A group of exotic birds resides among the lush foliage.
Bring a picnic lunch and tour the onsite art gallery, as well. Admission fee.
The entrance is on Free School Lane, off the 500 block of Simonton Street between Fleming and Southard streets.