The Florida Keys, Part 2: Gardens at Fort Martello

One of the first things I came across after arriving in Key West was Fort Martello, a Civil War-era defensive structure now maintained as a public garden by the Key West Garden Club. I initially noticed the round structure for its brick barrel-vaulted colonnade, but was more interested once I realized more ruins lay inside. The beautifully planned gardens had a wide-variety of native and tropical plants planted in and around the brick and views onto the beach.

Ruins, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Ruins, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Mangrove trees and arch, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Mangrove trees and arch, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Arch, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Arch, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Patio with potted plants, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Patio with potted plants, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Me in front of mangrove trees, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

Me in front of mangrove trees, Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

View of Higgs Beach from Fort Martello, Key West, Florida

View of Higgs Beach from Fort Martello, Key West, Florida