Botanical Garden

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A stream bordered by a shady hammock abounding in palm trees and other tropical growth winds through the heart of the campus and is the setting for a 15-acre Botanical Garden. The main trail has been named the Dent Smith Trail in honor of the founder of the Palm Society, a worldwide organization primarily engaged in the study of the palm family, in all its aspects. Florida Tech's Garden, through the intense interest of Founding President Emeritus Jerome P. Keuper and the inspiration and help of Mr. Dent Smith in the 1960's, has become one of the most unique campus botanical gardens of its kind in the continental United States.

To help protect the flora and the fauna and the safety of visitors, we ask that bicycles, skateboards, and dogs not be taken into the garden. Also removing, cutting, or tampering with the plant life in the garden is considered a serious offense. The garden will be a pleasant place for all, if all who use it will take pride in its cleanliness and beauty.

This is a public garden. We are open from sunrise to sunset. As there are natural water features and other potential hazards, please exercise caution during your visit. There are several specimen, delicate or possibly poisonous plants planted or naturally occurring in this garden and hammock. Parents: Please maintain appropriate control over your children at all times. For your safety, stay on the trails or within walled/patio areas.

Be sure to visit Melbourne's Little Red Schoolhouse, located in the Botanical Gardens.  

If you are interested in a guided group tour of our Botanical Garden during normal business hours (8:00AM-5:00PM), please call Donna L. Cassario at (321) 674-6152 or email her at to arrange for a Garden Guide.

To reserve the Botanical Garden for your special event, contact Erica Spencer at (321)674-8125.

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Botanical Garden Fest

Botanical Garden Walking Tour Brochure (PDF Opens in new window)

Botanical Garden Map (PDF Opens in new window)

Botanical Garden Photo Albums

Origins Of The Botanical Garden At F.I.T. by Dr. Jerome Keuper

Dent Smith, The Palm Man from The Halifax Historical Society