I'm so glad I found out about this place. Its not actually a garden anymore per se, but an exotic bird sanctuary. Nancy takes in and rehabilitates abused or abandoned exotic birds and they all live right in her back yard. She has lived on Key West for over 45 years and is truly an amazing person. Its $10, (all the money goes to help feed and take care of the birds), and if you go between 10-11, either her, or Steve will be there to talk to you about the birds and even hold one or two of them. After 11, it’s a self-guided experience, and very much worth seeing on your own, but I highly recommend going at 10.
When I went, I was the only one there, and I sat with Steve (he works for Nancy) for an hour talking about the birds and asking all sorts of questions. I got to hold Peaches, the cockatoo, who was so excited to be on my arm, he kept bobbing up and down doing his little dance moves. When I was leaving, I bumped into Nancy who I spoke to for a good 30 minutes about what she does and her time on the island. She’s been there for 45 years and worked as a nature conservationist for quite some time before finding herself taking care of all the birds. Apparently, she used to have beautiful gardens behind her house as well, but lost those to foreclosure and they have since been developed into housing. Very sad for such an environmental advocate, but now her duty is to care for and help these birds.
If you are an animal lover and want a really cool, up-close experience with some beautiful birds, definitely visit Nancy’s place. You’ll not only be doing yourself a favor, but you’ll also -be helping out these gorgeous feathered creatures.
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