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Contact us at: 305-852-9766 or gardens@konakairesort.com                                                                photos by Kona Kai guest Jen Grapentine

Plants as Partners
Welcome to the Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort

Transforming your understanding of Plants

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You can donate each time you shop at Amazon.com by going first to smile.amazon.com. You will be asked to select a charity, choose: The Artists Environmental Foundation of the Florida Keys, Inc., which is the parent non-profit for our Gardens. Amazon will donate .05% of your purchase to The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort. It's that easy.

Welcome to The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort, an ethnobotanic teaching garden and one of only two frost-free tropical botanic gardens in the continental USA. Our Botanic Gardens are a unique addition to your Florida Keys vacation experience.

Our Garden mission: Education; Restoration; Transformation. As an ethnobotanic garden, The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort endeavors to enhance your understanding of the significant role plants play in our everyday lives, through our ethnobotanic garden tours and our plant website, kkbg.org. Plants are ubiquitous – they provide us with the raw materials we need to live and thrive. Plants power our cars, factories and computers . . . are part of many of the things we build and much of what we eat, including, indirectly, the meat, dairy and fish we consume. Plants thrive on the threatening waste we create in the process of powering our lives (CO2) and plants provide the life-giving oxygen we all breathe. In this century we need to learn to transform the way we live by learning from plants, by mimicking what plants do and in so doing preserve our environments and ecosystems.

Visit our Gardens or better yet, vacation here: Uniquely, The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort is, perhaps, the only botanic garden with a hotel incorporated into our gardens. Visitors are able to stay, enjoying our gardens day and night. If plants have not yet captured your attention, a vacation here at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery and Botanic Gardens just might tweak your perspective. “Nearly every organism on this planet depends on plants for their survival,” says ecologist Brad Cardinale. The idea for The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort was born with this understanding in mind and it is with this awareness that we invite you to grow your appreciation and understanding of the greenery all around you. 

The general public is invited to reserve a guided ethnobotanic tour of our Gardens. Weather permitting, tours are offered daily Tuesday through Saturday. We require an advance reservation for our tours via e-mail or by calling 305-852-9766, as the grounds and gardens are otherwise reserved for registered hotel guests. Additional tours will be added upon request. Generally limited to a maximum of 6 adults (16+ years), tours last about 90 minutes. Our Garden tours are $25.00 per person, of which $20 is tax deductible. Because our gardens are supported by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, higher amounts are welcomed; your additional tax-deductible donation will help our gardens continue to grow. For pre or post visits, our smart device site, kkbg.org, serves as an adjunct to our unique ethnobotanic tour.

Registered guests of the resort get to live with and in the gardens, day and night, during their entire stay. For the botanic garden enthusiast or tropical vacationer, this is a one-of-a-kind experience. Registered guests are encouraged to reserve space on one of our scheduled guided tours; while our introductory tour is complimentary, donations to help support our garden mission are encouraged. Registered guests are also invited to enjoy complimentary self-guided tours, at any time during their stay, using our smart device enabled signage.

Custom tours of the gardens and our 'backyard,' Everglades National Park, are available, as are topic specific symposia in our small meeting center. At this time, custom tours and symposia do not have scheduled times or subjects; an advance request is required. Please use this link to request further information.

Our Collections: With over 250 documented tropical species, The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort, overlooking Everglades National Park, is unique to South Florida. Most botanic gardens are tens or hundreds of acres and oftentimes prove to be quite overwhelming. That is one of the unique things about The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort: while our gardens are packed with many genera and species, they are quite compact and thus a great introduction to understanding the importance of the tropical plant universe. Our collections, documented in BG-Base, are guided by our Collections Policy.

Our Supporters: The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort was founded and is currently supported by Kona Kai Resort owners Joe and Ronnie Harris. To continue and expand our work, your generous donations are encouraged. We invite you to inquire about actively supporting our gardens at this e-mail: gardens@konakairesort.com, where you will reach Garden Executive Director Joe Harris.

Independent of the resort, The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort operates as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. A satellite partner of The Fairchild Challenge, we are serving the local community, as well as the world at large, by promoting concepts that support bio-diversity and an expanded human ecological view.





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