Mounts Botanical Garden of PB County to Host Nine Informative & Family-Friendly Horticultural Events in August & September

The Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting nine informative and family friendly public events in August and September, including four gardening workshops and the always popular, two-day Everything Orchids: A Shady Affair Plant Sale (September 10-11).

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Summer Evening Stroll 

Wednesday, August 10 – 6 to 7:30 pm

Meet at the Garden Entrance on Military Trail

FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers

The best way to become acquainted with Mounts Botanical Garden is to take a walking tour. Learn fascinating facts about the Garden’s history and exciting plans for its future. Along the way, walkers will stop to discuss rare and unusual specimens and to highlight plants that grow well in South Florida gardens.

 

Making a Garden Trough: The Hypertufa Process 

Tuesday, August 25 – 9 am to Noon

Mounts Garden Pavilion

$30 for members; $35 for nonmembers

Speaker: Ted Johnson, Master Gardener

Trough containers are all the rage. These functional planters resemble old stone but are lighter in weight. They’re also durable and perfect for miniature gardens or small plants. In this workshop, participants will watch a pro demonstrate how to create a hypertufa container so they’ll be comfortable with the process if they choose to practice it at home. (Think hostess and holiday gifts!) The workshop will supply tips on potting mixes and planting. Attendees should wear old clothes and bring clear plastic safety glasses and well-fitting, waterproof dishwashing gloves. Class limit is 15.

 
 

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Everything Orchids: A Shady Affair Plant Sale

+ Saturday, September 10 – 9 am to 4 pm

+ Sunday, September 11 – 9 am to 3 pm

Throughout the Garden

FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers

Mounts’ Everything Orchids weekend event is made for the shade. This plant sale offers a great opportunity to acquire the best Orchid and shade loving plants. Fun and informative lectures will be offered on topics such as Basic Orchid Care, Shade Loving Plants and Fragrance Plants. The area’s premier plant vendors will be selling Begonias, Bromeliads, Orchids, Ferns, Hoyas, Aroids and more. Magnificent tabletop arrangements will be offered in a silent auction to benefit the Garden.    
 
Ceramic Vessels for Ikebana
In Collaboration with the Armory Art Center
Saturday, September 10 – 9 am to Noon
Mounts Exhibit Hall A
$115 for members; $125 for nonmembers
+ $10 per person material fee
(To register, call the Armory Art Center at 561.832.1776, ext. 33)
Speaker: Stacy Sollisch, Armory Art Center
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Certain rules of construction apply, as its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. This class will begin with the guided construction of a clay vessel utilizing the Garden’s foliage as imprinted design elements. Upon completion, a demonstration will be given to show the different options of actual arrangements. The clay vessels will be glazed, fired, and returned to Mounts five days after the workshop for students to pick up.
Literary Garden: Book Discussions
Tuesday, September 13 – 7 to 8:30 pm
Mounts Exhibit Hall A
Featured Book: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
FREE
In partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System, this series provides an opportunity for book and garden enthusiasts to meet together to experience exciting fiction and non-fiction titles related to all aspects of gardening and horticulture. Lab Girl is an illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how readers see the natural world.
Summer Evening Stroll 

Wednesday, September 14 – 6 to 7:30 pm

Meet at the Garden Entrance on Military Trail

FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers

The best way to become acquainted with Mounts Botanical Garden is to take a walking tour. Learn fascinating facts about the Garden’s history and exciting plans for its future. Along the way, walkers will stop to discuss rare and unusual specimens and to highlight plants that grow well in South Florida gardens.
Farm Your Backyard: Vegetable Growing
Saturday, September 17 – 9 am to Noon
Mounts Exhibit Hall A
$20 for members; $30 for nonmembers
Speaker: Arthur Kirstein, UF/IFAS Extension Coordinator of Agricultural Economic Development
Learn the secrets of vegetable growing in South Florida in this workshop focused on successful agricultural techniques to manage small vegetable projects. Topics include tips and techniques on site preparation, seedling establishment, planting, maintenance and harvesting, followed by a tour of the Mounts vegetable garden.
Six Tropical Plants that Rocked the World
Sunday, September 18 – 10 am to 1 pm
Mounts Exhibit Hall A
$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers
Speaker: Scott Zona, FIU Conservator and Orchid Curator
An award-winning botanist, horticulturalist and plant explorer, Zona will discuss “Tropical Plants that Rocked the World: Coffee, Sugar, Rubber, Black Pepper and Nutmeg.” In addition, Dr. Zona grimly predicts that a sixth tropical plant may change the world in the near future – but not for the better.
Orchid Care 101: Repotting Your Orchid
Saturday, September 24 – 10 am to 1 pm
Mounts Exhibit Hall A
$35 for members; $45 for nonmembers
Speaker: Sandi Jones, Broward Orchid Supply and Orchid Curator, The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Jones will guide people through the repotting process step-by-step in this fun three-hour session where attendees work on their own plants. Students should bring in 1-3 average-size plants and are encouraged to bring different types, such as Phalaenoposis, Cattleya, Oncidium, etc. Students will leave with freshly repotted plants and the know-how to care for them and make them re-bloom. This workshop is the perfect place to learn the rewarding hobby of Orchid growing. Class is limited to 15.
Note:
To register for any of the events and workshops at The Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, register online at www.mounts.org/eventcalendar or call 561.233.1730.  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 the Friends of 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. The suggested donation for entry to the Garden is $5 per person. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit www.mounts.org.