Mounts Botanical Garden Welcomes 300 to Annual Spring Benefit in Palm Beach

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden welcomed more than 300 supporters and raised more than $133,000 at its biggest annual fundraising event – the Mounts Spring Benefit – held last Sunday at the Palm Beach home of Douglas & Susanne Durst. Funds raised at the Benefit will be used to support educational programs at Mounts, including the popular, family-friendly and environmental-themed exhibit WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea.

The enchanting event featured an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a lavish silent auction offering a diverse array of rare and exotic plants, orchids and eye-catching arrangements. The Benefit co-chairs were the current and past presidents of Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden: Sandy Smith and Polly Reed.

Sponsors of Mounts Spring Benefit included Rebecca & Randell C. Doane, Alice Pannill, Diana Barrett and Bob Vila, Elena & John Brim, Beverly J. MyersSally & William Soter, and Jane & Dean Woodman. Among the Mounts board members in attendance were William Brady, Julie Criser, Gretta Curry, Rebecca Doane, Martha Gilbert, Julie Kime, Phil Maddux, Beverly Myers, Stephanie Pew, and Michael Zimmerman.

Now on Display at Mounts Botanical Garden

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 are 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 are available for purchase at the Garden’s main gate. To schedule a group tour, call 561-233-1757.