Mounts Botanical Garden Announces Winners of Two Annual Photography Contests

Rochelle Wolberg, Interim Operations Manager/Director of Programs at Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, today announced the winners of two separate but simultaneous photography contests:

· Mounts 10th Annual Photography Contest

· Mounts 2nd Annual Youth Nature Photography Contest

In both contests, the photographs were exclusively taken at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. The Guest Judges were the respected nature photographer Alan Chin Lee and landscape architect Robert F. Hopper, who are both environmental analysts for the South Florida Water Management District.

1. Deena Vore, Wonder Among the Chinese Fan PalmsFor the 10th Annual Photography Contest, the Best in Show winner is Jupiter’s Deena Vore for Wonder Among the Chinese Palms. This photograph was submitted in the category of People in the Garden.

The remaining three categories and winning photographers are:

+ Animal Life: Connie Lou Wagner of South Palm Beach for Surprised Lizard on Bamboo Culm.

+ Plant Life/Nature Close-Ups: Steve Nester of Royal Palm Beach for Bee & Nasturtium Flower.

+ Scenic/Landscapes: Sheri Scholl from Boynton Beach for Lake Orth.

For the 2nd Annual Youth Nature Photography Contest, entries were accepted from amateur photographers between the ages of 5 and 18 years old. This year’s winner is Kailee Matthews from Loxahatchee for her photo Bees Dining on Jamaican Poinsettia. She is 14 and attends Osceola Creek Middle School.

The Best in Show and Youth Nature Photography winners both receive a year’s free membership to Mounts Botanical Garden with the remaining First Place Category winners each receiving a credit toward lectures and workshops. In addition, their photos are being posted online at

This year’s Honorable Mentions include Jenny Apple from Royal Palm Beach, Irene Dec of Jupiter, Louise Perez from Boca Raton and Bill Wagner.


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 the Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden.

Located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach, Mounts Botanical Garden is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. The suggested donation for entry to the Garden, including the soon-to-open Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden, is $5 per person. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit