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Key West Botanical Garden’s ART GARDEN

Now through July 2012, take a stroll through the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden and see how many fabulous works of art you can find! An outdoor exhibition that blends nature with sculpture, this annual event is an incredible way to spend the day with friends and family. Nestled within the lush grounds are more than 17 pieces of art, many of which incorporate recycled or found materials. Finding all 17 is a great challenge, and makes a fun scavenger hunt for kids!

Established in 1935, The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is a 15 acre habitat which houses over 450 native plants, with birds and butterflies as well. Located at mm 4.5 off College Road, it offers 8 self-guided tours that include 2 butterfly gardens, 2 wet-land habitats, a Cuban Chug exhibit, a hardwood hammock and more. Artists displayed throughout the grounds include Lois Giffen, Jackie Sanchez, Jim Racchi, Robert D’Antonio, Richard Cook, Jiwan Noah Singh and Katie Turax Alexander, among many others!

What are you waiting for? Grab the sunscreen and go!

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Rainy Day Got You Down?

There’s still plenty to see & do in Key West, even when it’s a little wetter outside than usual.

The shops & museums by Mallory Square offer a wide variety of oddities and handicrafts, from massive beach ball-sized sea sponges to doubloons salvaged from nearby shipwrecks. Take a spin through Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum, or bring the kids to the always entertaining Key West Toy Factory, with its whimsical ambiance and high-quality, unique toys. The Shipwreck Museum, Hemingway House and the Harry S. Truman Little White House all offer a bevy of indoor entertainment that is fun for both adults and children. And of course, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum is worth a spin– if you can handle it!

Or, if you’re not afraid of a little mud, why not grab a plastic poncho and umbrella and go spend a lazy afternoon making your way through the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden? This lush sanctuary is the only “frost-free” botanical garden in the continental United States, and offers protection to many endangered flora & fauna. It also houses Key West’s only “Chug Museum,” an open-air collection of salvaged boats used by Cuban refugees seeking asylum. These incredible vessels are constructed from a myriad of materials, from reclaimed refrigerator motors to styrofoam slabs, and are truly amazing to see.

For directions to any of the above locations, ask your friendly front-desk concierge. They’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction (even if that direction is just to the nearest indoor movie theatre!)

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Arts and Culture Update: Weekend of May 10-13

While a bar crawl on Duval is always fun, we know that many of our Parrot Key Resort guests also enjoy the finer things our little island has to offer. From wine tastings to tango lessons, Key West offers a wide variety of activities for those of us who are more partial to Picasso than Piña Coladas. Below, some local activities to get you through the weekend without having to come near a jello shot.

On Thursday, May 10th, The Wine Cottage on Eaton will be hosting a wine tasting & artist’s reception for painter Susan O’Neill. Call 772-216-5933 for details & directions.

On Friday, May 11th, visit the Wyland Gallery for the opening of Jim Warren’s most recent exhibit of whimsical, satirized animal paintings. For more information, call 305-292-4998.
Afterward, why not indulge in a beginner’s Salsa Dancing lesson from “Learn to Dance with Lucy & Leon” at 7:00pm?  For directions, call 305-296-6348.

On Saturday, May 12th, you’d be sorry to miss the evening performance of Hy Conrad’s new mystery play “Home Exchange,” which opened on May 5th to rave reviews. Visit www.waterfrontplayhouse.org for tickets and details.
Or else catch an independent movie at Key West’s favorite little movie theatre, The Tropic – where else can you buy a bottle of wine and a slice of key lime pie to take with you into your movie? visit www.tropiccinema.com for showtimes.

On Sunday, May 13th, stroll through the lushly landscaped home of Key West’s garden club, the West Martello Tower. Entry is free and gets you meandering shady paths, beautiful foliage and stunning water views from the gazebo on top of the hill.
Later, enjoy the musical stylings of the Mike Emerson Trio as they perform their weekly Jazz in The Gardens gig, located at 526 Angela Street.

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Celebrate Easter with a 7,000 Egg Hunt

Migration Mania is back at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, located on Stock Island. Come celebrate Easter Key West style, with fun for the whole family happening all day!

On April 7th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m children of all ages are invited to join multiple birding egg hunts featuring 7,000 eggs, birding seminars, live birds shows, bird crafts, games, contests, a bounce house, and more. Admission  is $5 for adults and children. Free for members.

For more information, call 305-849-8733 or visit http://www.kwbgs.org

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Upcoming Event: Gardenfest

This friday marks the 75th Anniversary of the Key West Botanical Garden, celebrated all of this weekend during Gardenfest 2011.  Key West supports the only tropical climate in the contiguous United States and has a unique botanical garden.  Friday night is the members-only gala, but Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.   Expect to see an array of special events throughout the weekend, including a beer garden on both Saturday and Sunday evening. In addition, sightseeing trolleys will be making a special stop at the garden for the duration of the event.  For more information click here

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