The Friends of The Mounts Botanical Garden and The Gentlemen of the Garden (GOG) recently co-hosted the official opening and ribbon cutting of the new Garden of Tranquility, a serene and inspiring new space at Mounts that simulates a Zen-like garden. Created by natural elements of stone, bamboo and living plant materials, the garden’s hand-carved relief wall is of Indonesian design while other elements convey Japanese, Chinese and other Asian influences.

Located along the north side of the main garden walk between the Pavilion and the Eigelberger Tropical Foliage Border, the new Garden of Tranquility at Mounts was funded through a grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

The grant was generously underwritten by the Gentlemen of the Garden, a local nonprofit organization that funds specific landscaping and environment projects.

Using hedge shears to cut the ribbon at the Garden’s official dedication on April 11 were Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron, Mounts Curator-Director Rochelle Wolberg, Gentlemen of the Garden PresidentJonathan Cameron-Hayes, Bob Eigelberger, and Ron Rice, Cooperative Extension Director for Palm Beach County.


“The objective of the new garden at Mounts is to inspire peace and tranquility – a spiritual place for the mind and soul. The garden’s intention is not to denote any particular religion, or even to be solely religious — the interpretation of the space is subjective, and in the eyes and consciousness of the beholder,” says Mounts Horticulturist Joel Crippen.

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