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Mounts Botanical Garden

August 15, 2016

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Gardening is a hobby enjoyed by many, especially here in South Florida where our growing season is year around. While the summer heat limits our herb and vegetable gardening to starting seedlings and tending heat-tolerant herbs like rosemary, basil and tarragon, there are fabulous botanical gardens nearby where we can wander and live vicariously until October when we can start our winter gardens. The 14-acre Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County on Military Trail in West Palm Beach is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., excepting a few holidays. This established public garden dates back to 1954 and originates with the University of Florida’s Cooperative Extension Service. It began with a collection of fruit trees, tended by Marvin “Red” Mounts. Today, his namesake botanical garden serves as an educational resource as well as a beautiful venue for relaxation. The Garden is actually an eclectic series of composition gardens, each showcasing the broad possibilities for gardening in our subtropical climate. The Bulb Garden, Rose Garden, O’Keeffe Rain Garden, Garden of Extremes and Edible Landscape are just a few of the exhibits available for touring. Younger gardeners will especially enjoy the Butterfly Garden and Children’s Maze. The Mounts offers classes, lectures and workshops for gardeners of all skill levels, and a calendar of events for every taste—including a Book Discussion Series, Evening Strolls, Art in the Garden and many more. Upcoming events include Making a Garden Trough: the Hypertufa Process on August 25 and the Everything Orchids A Shady Affair Plant Sale on the second weekend in September. Whether your garden is small or large, indoor or outdoor, or even if you simply love to meditate surrounded by living things, Mounts Botanical Gardens is worth investigating. You might pick up some great ideas for your fall landscaping and decorating projects! For more information about Mounts and its calendar of events, visit their website at www.mounts.org.


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