Mounts Botanical Garden to Host Annual CONNOISSEURS GARDEN TOUR Over Mother’s Day Weekend

The Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden today announced that it would be hosting the 12th annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour, a Mother’s Day Tradition, May 7-8.

4. Zimmerman Tree Service GardenFrom 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 7, and from 11 am to 4 pm on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, participants can visit eight extraordinary gardens: three in Lake Worth, two in Palm Beach, and one each in Atlantis, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. The owners of each individual garden are giving people a unique opportunity to visit at their own pace and sequence.

The eight private and public gardens on this year’s Connoisseur Tour include:

Polly & Peter Reed Garden, 231 Chilean Avenue in Palm Beach

Enter this Lilliputian garden thru a Moroccan tiled doorway, and a lush mantle of blossom and greenery greets you. Deep peach stucco walls are covered with Moroccan blue trellising upon which orchids of every description and hue are growing with utter abandon. A small water feature is surrounded with bromeliads and begonias and other unusual tropical plants creating an explosion of color.

Pan Garden, 386 Hibiscus Avenue in Palm Beach

This small public garden is a lovely example of how to use native plants. It was built (1994) and is maintained by the Preservation Society of Palm Beach. There are over 300 Florida native species, and water features add to the tranquility.

Howie Zusel Garden, 11446 54th Street North in Royal Palm Beach

This is a garden that exudes its owners’ personality. Consisting of a series of themed gardens that are whimsical and filled with cleverly recycled objects, each turn brings a new surprise. Visitors can rest at the charming koi pond and take note of the lemon grass hedge that surrounds the swimming pool area and protects it from mosquitos. Butterflies are everywhere as the owners are census takers for the University of Kansas’ research on Monarch butterflies.

Peter Vey Garden, 303 Marlborough Road in West Palm Beach

Enter the gardens surrounding this lovely 1922 Mediterranean style home through a formal front garden anchored by statuesque palm trees. Behind the house, an inviting pool area beckons amid voluptuous tropical plantings and brightly colored potted plants. Visitors are invited to wander onto the manicured lawn area amid vibrant plants and butterflies of every color.

Paul Lesnick & Phillippe Honore Garden, 213 Vanderbilt Drive in Lake Worth

What makes this lush garden so remarkable is that only the triangle palm was there five years ago, which should inspire any new homeowner. The owners have created a private tropical garden surrounding a pool. Filled with palms, bromeliads and specialty plants collected at the Mounts’ plant sales, there is a constant contrast of and shade and light. Visitors will be amazed how small trees have grown into specimen plants in such a short amount of time.

Buffie Judd & Henry Schwartzberg Garden, 509 South Country Club Drive in Atlantis

This is a dream garden for lovers of native plants. It is divided into three natural south Florida habitats: pineland, coastal and wetlands, with only the wetland section getting irrigation. Each section holds the plants that would naturally grow in that environment. There is almost 120 native species that offer cover and food for birds, butterflies and other indigenous creatures. Pine needles control weeds so no harmful chemicals are used.

Zimmerman Tree Service Garden, 4660 71st Court South in Lake Worth

Mounts Botanical Garden board member Mike Zimmerman has created a palm and bromeliad wonderland at his business. Wander the heavily mulched trails and be surrounded by one of the finest collections of palms in Palm Beach County. Interspersed among the palms are many rare bromeliads.

Ron & Adrianne Golding Bonsai Garden, 7423 Wentworth Drive in Lake Worth

Bonsai. That one word would be enough to draw plant lovers to this remarkable garden. Start in the front of the house with a wonderful pond filled with Koi and anchored by an amazing bonsai and wander into the back garden. The owner has studied with masters at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens and his collection has bonsai in very stage of development, all interspersed throughout the garden.

How to Get Tickets to the Connoisseurs Garden Tour:

The cost to participate in the annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour is only $20 for Mounts members and $25 for nonmembers.

Tickets may be purchased at the Garden Shop at Mounts Botanical Garden; Amelia’s Smarty Plants in Lake Worth; Delray Garden Center in Delray Beach; Giverny Gardens in Jupiter; Johnny Mango’s Produce in Boynton Beach; and Uncle Bim’s Garden Center in West Palm Beach.

For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit