On Fleming Street is a unique pink building, here you will find the Key West public library. Located at 700 Fleming the library offers many of the typical services of a library, but next door is another treasure, the Palm Garden. Here, you will find a quiet, peaceful retreat off the beaten path and far from the crowds of Duval Street.
I wandered through the garden and found myself sitting and enjoying a cool breeze and a real sense of calm and peace. Scattered throughout the garden are palm trees; thus the name, Palm Garden. There are actually 26 varieties of palm trees. Each of these trees are found in the Caribbean Basin, which stretches from Florida to South America.
The garden is open from 9:30 to 5:30 and will become one of your favorite stops in Key West.
The library offers free interest access, feel free to bring your laptop or tablet to catch up on email or download a book. If you want to check out the services of the library, they do offer a visitor card, just ask the very friendly staff.
Interested in Key West or Florida history? The library has an extensive catalog of interesting items. Plus the library has a helpful staff to point you in the right direction.
What I loved most about the Palm Garden was the beautifully decorated houses hanging in the palms. I hesitate to call them birdhouses, because these are not intended for our feathered friends. Rather, these homes are for fairies and others who are seeking shelter. Use your imagination as you check out the houses.
Take some time to sit on a bench and enjoy an afternoon breeze and the sound of the palm tree leaves rustling. The Palm Garden is also host to musical events and book sales. Keep an eye on the library’s calendar for any upcoming events.