Mounts Botanical Garden Announces Winners of 11th Annual Photography Contest

Rochelle Wolberg, Curator/Director at Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, today announced the winners of Mounts’ 11th Annual Photography Contest, which was open to amateur photographers of any age.

This year, in conjunction with the Garden’s current exhibit WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea, Mounts added a new Environmental category to photograph how disposable plastics and other trash befoul Palm Beach County’s natural landscapes and waterways.

The winners of this year’s Photography Contest include:

+ Best in Show: Jo Ann Ricchiuti of South Palm Beach

+ Plant Life: Melanie Valentine of Lake Worth

+ Animal Life: Jo Ann Ricchiuti of South Palm Beach

+ People in the Garden: Alma Patricia Dietz of West Palm Beach

+ Scenic/Landscapes: Martin Cohen of Lake Worth

+ Nature Close-ups: Stephanie Ovdiyenko of Royal Palm Beach

+ Environmental – Trash in Palm Beach County: Connie Wagner of South Palm Beach

Except for the final Environmental category, all photographs were taken within the boundaries of Mounts Botanical Garden. The Guest Judge was respected nature photographer Alan Chin Lee.

The winning Best in Show photographer received a Garden Family & Friends membership and a $100 Mounts gift certificate. The other prize winners received Mounts gift certificates, and the Environmental winner received a monetary award.


With a mission to inspire the public, Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden, offering gorgeous displays of tropical and sub-tropical plants, plus informative classes, workshops, and other fun-filled events. The Garden contains more than 2,000 species of plants, including Florida native plants, exotic and tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms, bromeliads and more. Mounts Botanical Garden is a facility of the Palm Beach County Extension Service, which is in partnership with the University of Florida and Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden. Mounts is located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach.

While the WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea exhibit is on display through early June, admission to Mounts Botanical Garden is FREE for members and children 4 and under; $15 for nonmembers; $5 for children (5-12); and group tours are $18 per person (5 and older).

Mounts Botanical Garden is open every day (except Palm Beach County recognized holidays) from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit