Mounts Botanical Garden Invites Public to Fun Horticultural Events in Nov & Dec

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting several fun and informative horticultural events during November and December, including Art in the Garden creative workshops in collaboration with the Armory Art Center, Yoga in the Garden every other Sunday, a Photography Workshop and the opening of WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea, a major new exhibition.

November

 

Art in the Garden: Place Books with Botanicals

In Collaboration with the Armory Art Center

Sunday, November 12 – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Mounts Auditorium

$45 for members; $55 for nonmembers

+ a $20 Material Fee

Instructor: John Cutrone, Book Artist at Armory Art Center

Book Artists are often thought of as neat and fastidious and this is all well and good, but there are other ways of approaching the book form.  This two-day workshop is rooted in a more creative approach and, in fact, participants will spend the first couple of hours doing just that: exploring painting and printing. Then we’ll turn these paintings into pages of embellished artists’ books. Each student will work on two books over the course of the two days, while learning useful techniques in binding, collage, and low-tech printing. Attendees might want to have a theme in mind and theirs books will evolve organically from there.

(Note: The Art in the Garden program is subsidized through a Batchelor Foundation grant that supports education.)

Beautify Your Yard with South Florida Native Plants

Sunday, November 12 – 10 to 11:30 am

Mounts Exhibit Hall A

$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers

Instructor: Jeff Nurge, Florida Native Gardening & Native Choice Nursery

Learn about the selection and placement of Florida native plants to maximize their beauty using the principles of texture, color and hardscape and also to minimize the use of water and pesticides. In addition, participants will review best practices for maintaining native plants once they have incorporated them in their landscape.

The Literary Garden: Book Discussion

Tuesday, November 14 – 2 to 3:30 pm

Clayton Hutcheson Conference Room

FREE

Featured Book: On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks

Few pleasures in life surpass that of reading a good book or cultivating your own garden. Mounts Botanical Garden is partnering with the Palm Beach County Library System to combine these joys by uniting book lovers and garden enthusiasts with dynamic reading selections, followed by a discussion the grounds of the Garden.

(Note: To pre-register, call the Director of Programs at Mounts at 561.233.1751.)

Stories in the Garden:

Trees & Garden of Well Being

Friday, November 17 – 10 to 11 am

Mounts – The Pavilion

FREE

Speaker: Stacey Burford, Youth Services Librarian

Celebrate the 13th year of Stories in the Garden by bringing young ones (ages 2-6) to these FREE nature-themed programs co-sponsored by the Palm Beach Library System. They’ll love the interactive stories, songs and learning activities in the Garden. Programs are held rain or shine in the sheltered Pavilion. No reservations required, except for parties of six or more. A craft activity to culminate each day will be reserved for the first 30 registrants.

(Note: To pre-register, call the Director of Programs at Mounts at 561.233.1751 or Stacy Burford at 561.649.5439.)

 

Yoga in the Garden

Sunday Serenity

Sunday, November 19 – 8 am

At the Hutcheson Portico Area (Back of Garden)

$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers

What better way to relax, refresh, and reflect than practicing yoga in the tropical landscape of Mounts Botanical Garden? When postures, breath work, and nature come together, there is potential to create an experience of connecting back to our environment. The sounds of nature itself can often remind us to center our awareness.

December

Opening of Exhibit

WASHED ASHORE:

Art to Save the Sea

Saturday, December 2 – 10 am to 4 pm

Throughout the Garden

FREE for members and children 3 and under; $15 for nonmembers; $10 for veterans and seniors (65+) and reciprocal members; $ 5 for children (4-12); 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, which emphasizing the critical importance of environmental conservation and sustainability

Note: This exhibit will run through May 31, 2018. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Garden’s main gate. To schedule a group tour, call 561-233-1757.

 

Yoga in the Garden

Sunday Serenity

Sunday, December 3 – 8 am

At the Hutcheson Portico Area (Back of Garden)

$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers

What better way to relax, refresh, and reflect than practicing yoga in the tropical landscape of Mounts Botanical Garden? When postures, breath work, and nature come together, there is potential to create an experience of connecting back to our environment. The sounds of nature itself can often remind us to center our awareness.

Stories in the Garden:

Fruits & Veggies

Friday, December 8 – 10 to 11 am

Mounts – The Pavilion

FREE

Speaker: Stacey Burford, Youth Services Librarian

Celebrate the 13th year of Stories in the Garden by bringing young ones (ages 2-6) to these FREE nature-themed programs co-sponsored by the Palm Beach Library System. They’ll love the interactive stories, songs and learning activities in the Garden. Programs are held rain or shine in the sheltered Pavilion. No reservations required, except for parties of six or more. A craft activity to culminate each day will be reserved for the first 30 registrants.

(Note: To pre-register, call the Director of Programs at Mounts at 561.233.1751 or Stacy Burford at 561.649.5439.)

The Literary Garden: Book Discussion

Tuesday, December 12 – 2 to 3:30 pm

Clayton Hutcheson Conference Room

FREE

Featured Book: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Few pleasures in life surpass that of reading a good book or cultivating your own garden. Mounts Botanical Garden is partnering with the Palm Beach County Library System to combine these joys by uniting book lovers and garden enthusiasts with dynamic reading selections, followed by a discussion the grounds of the Garden.

(Note: To pre-register, call the Director of Programs at Mounts at 561.233.1751.)

 

Be Plastic Aware!

Microplastics in the Environment

Tuesday, December 12 – 5:30 to 7 pm

Clayton Hutcheson Exhibit Hall A

$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers

Speaker: Maia McGuire, PhD UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant Agent

People often think of marine debris as a big problem, as in the debris that washes onto the beaches and floats out in the great Pacific garbage patch. But it is actually a “small” problem as well, as in the microplastics that are being found in increasing numbers in fresh and saltwater bodies. Each time you wash your face or brush your teeth or wash your fleece jacket, you just may be adding microscopic bits of plastic into the aquatic environment. These tiny particles have many known and unknown environmental impacts. Dr. McGuire will discuss the issue of microplastics, current research in Tampa Bay and around Florida, and share some helpful information on what everyone can do to help.

(Note: Program intended for high school and adult audience.)

Yoga in the Garden

Sunday Serenity

Sunday, December 17 – 8 am

At the Hutcheson Portico Area (Back of Garden)

$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers

What better way to relax, refresh, and reflect than practicing yoga in the tropical landscape of Mounts Botanical Garden? When postures, breath work, and nature come together, there is potential to create an experience of connecting back to our environment. The sounds of nature itself can often remind us to center our awareness.

Photography Workshop

Sunday, December 17 – 9 am to noon

Clayton Hutcheson Exhibit Hall A

$30 for members; $40 for nonmembers

Instructor: Matt Stock, Photographer

Award-winning photographer Matt Stock will speak about his current groundbreaking project Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades. He has been photographing in the Everglades watershed region for almost a year documenting abandoned vehicles ranging from a WWII ambulance turned swamp buggy, a mid-1950s school bus, to the dredge that build the Tamiami Trail. He will explain his techniques and give instruction on photographing in the wetlands in all conditions. Participants will then visit the Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden at Mounts for a hands-on photography workshop. Wide-angle lenses and telephoto lenses are recommended. Participants will need a tripod.

(Note: An expert in night photography, Stock was featured in Shutterbug Magazine in 2014, and his work is in the permanent collection at the National Trust for Historic Spaces. Last year, he was one of 33 artists selected to represent the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service.)

 

Cooking in the Garden

Community Making Kimchi

Thursday, December 21 – 5:30 to 7 pm

Mounts Pavilion

$20 for members; $30 for nonmembers

+ a $5 material fee for members; $10 for nonmembers

Instructor: Chef Nina Kauder, Organic and Plant-based Chef & Green Champion

Join popular chef and urban farmer Nina Kauder for this holiday-themed, informative, fun, and hands-on presentation. This will be a community effort where participants will come together to mix up various ingredients and make their own custom blends of kimchi. Chef Nina’s classes have been recognized by Florida Weekly’s The Best of 2017 for Palm Beach County. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kauder is a local expert in organic, sustainable, and nutritious eats. Attendees will learn a working vocabulary of tastes and textures, as well as how to use the bounty from Mounts and their own South Florida yards. This will be a refreshing, wholesome, and educational culinary adventure. Please bring a pint size Mason jar or purchase one at the class.

(Note: Please let Mounts know ahead of time of any food allergies, such as a nut allergy.)

 

Note:

To register for any of the events and workshops at The Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, go online at www.mounts.org/eventcalendar or call 561.233.1751.  Events at Mounts are accessible to people with disabilities.

 

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.

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