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A stone bridge and palm trees surround a pond full of waterlilies at the McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach, Florida. See a beautiful black iron arbor at the entrance covered in vines. Lush tropical plants fill the gardens. Unique rustic architecture make it a special place. Walk down trails through a jungle garden and through a tall row of royal palm trees, called "Cathedral of Palms". McKee Gardens is a beautiful oasis.
McKee Botanical Gardens started as "McKee Jungle Gardens" in 1932 with 80 acres by Vero Beach pioneer Waldo Sexton and Cleveland industrialist Arthur G. McKee. It had a lush tropical garden, monkeys, an alligator, an aviary, and 300 royal palms planted in rows as "Cathedral of Palms". The landscape was designed by William Lyman Phillips, who also designed Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami and Bok Tower in Lake Wales. McKee was a tourist destination until 1976 when it could no longer compete with nearby theme parks, and 62 acres were turned into a golf course and condominiums. The remaining 18 acres are what McKee Botanical Gardens are today.
The Color of SummerBromilead BeautyBromilead Beauty, Black and WhiteMcKee Jungle GardensMcKee Jungle Gardens, Black and WhiteStone Bridge at McKee GardensPeaceful Pond (Painting Effect)Entrance to McKee (Darker)Bamboo, Iron, and VinesBamboo StalksBamboo ForestRoyal Palm WayBanyan Roots, Black and WhiteStone ArborJungle HutEntrance to Paradise

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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Landscapes
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Keywords:Florida, McKee Botanical Gardens, Vero Beach, arbor, architecture, banyan trees, black and white, bridge, garden, landscape, lush, oasis, palm trees, path, reflections, roots, rustic, scenic, stone bridge, tropical, walkway, waterlilies