Mounts Botanical Garden Invites Public to Nine Fun and Informative Horticultural Events in April & May

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting nine fun and informative horticultural events during April and May, including four fascinating workshops, the always popular Plant-A Palooza: Annual Spring Plant Sale, the 14th annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour (a Mother’s Day Weekend tradition), and the ongoing ecology-themed exhibition, WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea, which will be on display at Mounts through early June.

 

April

Weeds: Pesky Plants of Lawns & Gardens

Monday, April 2 – 9:30 to 11 am

Mounts Auditorium

$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers

Instructor: George Rogers, Ph.D., Palm Beach State College

Continuing a tradition at Mounts Botanical, George Rogers will talk briefly about the book he worked on with collaborators, Florida Pasture Weeds. He will define and discuss the biology of weeds, and then take the class outside to identify all the weeds in a hundred-yard radius around the building. The intention is to have fun and learn the weeds people see every day, followed by a collaborative “review quiz.” This is a class about identification, not about weed control. If participants have any weeds at home they want to identify, they are encouraged to bring them.

Sprouting for the Health of It!

Saturday, April 7 – 10 am to Noon

Mounts Exhibit Hall A

$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers

Instructor: Sean Herbert, owner of Got Sprouts?

Herbert will share his experiences and explain why people should be including Sprouts (“the most nutritious food on the planet”) into a daily diet. He will show simple techniques to encourage sprouting at home by introducing the Easy Sprouter, Tray Sprouts and the Tower Garden. Both Sean and Jody Herbert  will share their experiences with alternative healing protocols and how they learned the healing benefits of sprouts, juices, and the living food lifestyle. They have dedicated their lives to educate and provide others with fresh grown, certified organic sprouts and all the supplies needed to grow into a healthy lifestyle. Their store and indoor farm (Got Sprouts?) in Riviera Beach currently grows, delivers and ships fresh sprouts and supplies both locally and throughout the United States.

 

Mounts Spring Benefit

Sunday, April 8 – 5:30 to 8 pm

At a private garden in Palm Beach

$175 per person

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden is hosting this enchanting annual fundraising event that will include open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a lavish silent auction featuring rare and exotic plants, orchids and arrangements. Event co-chairs are Sandy Smith and Polly Reed. Purchase tickets online at www.mounts.org/events or call 561.233.1757.

Stories in the Garden:

Butterflies

& Tour of Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetlands Garden

Friday, April 13 – 10 to 11:30 am

Mounts – The Pavilion

FREE

Speaker: Stacey Burford, Youth Services Librarian

Celebrate the 15th 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.

 

Urban Farming: Hydroponics

Saturday, April 21 – 10 am to Noon

Mounts Exhibit Hall A

$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers

Instructor: Greg Spencer, Master Gardener

This presentation will explore the basics of effective hydroponic gardening. Participants will learn strategies and tips to grow in water, types of containers, nutrients and methods for growing their own vegetables and ornamental plants without soil.

Environmental Film Series

The Making of WASHED ASHORE

Thursday, April 26  – 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Mounts Exhibit Hall A

FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers; $5 for children (5-12), and includes admission to the exhibitWASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea.

Sponsored by the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. Viewers who have seen the WASHED ASHORE sculptures at Mounts will learn about the plastic pollution in our waterways and the oceans. The film is a chance to go behind the scenes with artist, founder and director Hazeltine Pozzi and her brilliant staff and learn about the inspiration and the process of how Flash, Sebastian James, Lidia and all of the whimsical sea creatures of WASHED ASHORE and why this exhibition is so important in educating and saving the world’s seas.

Note: The gates open at 5:30 pm. The film starts at 6:30, followed by a post-screening Q&A with beach gardenerDiane Buhler of Friends of Palm Beach.

Plant-A-Palooza

Annual Spring Plant Sale

+ Saturday, April 28 – 9 am to 4 pm

+ Sunday, April 29 – 9 am to 3 pm

Throughout the Garden

$15 for adults; $5 for children; FREE for Mounts Members 

(Ticket price includes admission to the WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea exhibition at Mounts.)

This two-day annual event features more than 80 vendors with an amazing assortment of rare quality plants and accessories. The Conrad-Sunrise Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society and the Palm Beach Rose Society will hold their annual judging and show featuring many of the state’s best blooms. Rare and hard-to-find palms, orchids, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, fruit trees, and more are available for purchase. The Mounts Nursery and Garden Shop will be open throughout Plant-A-Palooza.

Note: Mounts members can shop early at 8 am on Saturday and enjoy a continental breakfast and package check-in service at the Member Hospitality Chickee Hut.

 

May

Beautify Your Garden with South Florida Native Plants

+ Sunday, May 6 – 10 to 11:30 am

Mounts Exhibit Hall A

$15 for members; $20 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 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 own landscape.

14th Annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour

by Art By Nature Garden Center

Saturday, May 12 – 9 am to 4 pm

Sunday, May 13 – 11 am to 4 pm

$25 for members; $35 for nonmembers 

Spend Mother’s Day weekend with family and friends touring a variety of beautiful private gardens in Palm Beach County. The owners of each individual garden are giving people a unique opportunity to visit at their own pace and sequence, so take one day or two for this memorable self-guided tour.

Note: Tickets are available for purchase at Art By Nature Garden Center and at the Mounts Garden Shop, or online at www.mounts.org/events.

Also at Mounts Throughout Early June

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.

 

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/events or call 561.233.1757.  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.