A visit to the Audubon House is an exploration into local history and folklore, while its tropical gardens offer a lush one-acre view of some of Key West’s most beautiful foliage. You will enjoy viewing the works of John James Audubon, world reknown ornithologist. There are 28 first edition Audubon works in the house. Audubon first visited the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas in 1832. Audubon left Key West having sighted and drawn 18 new birds for his "Birds of America" folio. It is believed that many of those drawings were created in the Audubon House garden. Audubon's painting of the white-crowned pigeon features the Geiger tree found in the front yard of the house. You can wander through the gardens along the brick paths. Varieties of orchids emerge from the foliage and trees to surprise you with their vibrant blooms. Bromeliads and other tropical plants and trees abound. The herb garden and 1840-style nursery provide an historic look at gardening, while native plants and exotics provide an environment that is reminiscent of old Key West. This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys.