Tropical Ranch Botanical Gardens was opened in May of 2006 and is the only botanical garden in Martin County.

The gardens were created in accord with Florida-friendly landscape concepts and is now also a certified butterfly sanctuary.

When Diane and Jim Haines decided they wanted to open their gardens to the general public to educate them in placing the right plant in the right place, according to the University of Florida’s Florida Friendly Landscaping Program. As they are both long-time Florida friendly gardeners, they are fully involved in the best management practices of watering efficiently, fertilizing appropriately, using mulch, attracting wildlife, managing yard pests responsibly, recycling, and reducing storm water runoff.

Shortly after opening the Gardens to the public, Diane and Jim realized that here was an excellent place for wedding photographs. One thought followed another and they were soon offering the Gardens for wedding ceremonies. A gazebo was built, chairs were purchased, the first wedding was held and Tropical Ranch Botanical Gardens soon became a popular venue for outdoor ceremonies.