Mounts Botanical Garden Awards 2018 Horticulture Scholarship to PBSC Student Shannon Frier of Palm Beach Gardens

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden today announced that Shannon Frier of Palm Beach Gardens is the 2018 recipient of a $1,000 horticulture scholarship. Mounts board members Greta Curry and Teri Jabour served on this year’s scholarship committee.

Frier is a student in the Environmental Horticulture Program at Palm Beach State College. After spending several years in the golf course industry, he is embarking on a second career in horticulture. He has interests in landscape design as well as landscape management, including irrigation design and nursery propagation. Frier’s interest in environmental conservation guides his approach to horticulture by employing concepts of xeriscaping, Florida native plants, water conservation, and sustainability in general. The scholarship will help him continue his education in the environmental horticulture program and increase his knowledge and skills that will enable him to secure a job and place in the green industry. His current goal is to complete the A.S. program and begin working in Palm Beach County.

To qualify for the annual scholarship, Frier had to be enrolled in PBSC’s Environmental Horticulture Program, maintain a 3.0 grade point average and have three recommendations, including one from a professor in the program.

Funds for the Mounts scholarship were raised at a silent auction at the Garden’s annual Exotic Plant and Orchid Sale last September. The 32 vendors who donated to the silent auction were Bates Nursery, Beaches, BirdsSquirrelsN.Com, the Bromeliad Society of the Palm Beaches, Broward Orchid Supply, Cottage Garden Teas, D&G Plant Fruit Trees and Herbs, Dan & Margie Orchids, DBA Hypertufa, Fantastic Ferns, Florida Carnivorous Gardens, Florida’s Finest Raw Honey, Freund Flowering Trees, Gardino’s Nursery, Hang-A-Pot, J.G.’s Tropicals, John’s Jungle African Market Baskets, Leaf Gardens, Lucky Bamboo 4 U, Mac’s Orchids, Marcus Coconut Crafts, Miller’s Way Orchids, Nancy Talese, PBC Woodturners, Pelican Coast Farms, Quest Orchids, R&R Orchids, Red Hawk Nursery, Spring Lake Tropicals, Spring Water Orchids, Stelmar Gardens and Yellow Green Exotic Garden.

Now on Exhibit at Mounts Botanical Garden

WASHED ASHORE:

Art to Save the Sea

Daily – 10 am to 4 pm

Throughout the Garden

FREE for members and children 4 and under; $15 for nonmembers; $ 5 for children (5-12); group tours are $18 per person (5 and older)

This exciting new exhibit features 10- giant sea life sculptures made entirely of marine debris collected from beaches to graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, and to encourage conservation. The impressive sculptures will be located throughout the Garden’s 14 acres and are sure to captivate people of all ages, while emphasizing the critical importance of environmental conservation and sustainability.

Note: This exhibit will run through June 3, 2018. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Garden’s main gate. To schedule a group tour, call 561-233-1757.

About Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County:

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.