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Mounts Botanical Garden

In a somewhat interesting section of Palm Beach resides the county’s oldest and largest public garden: Mounts Botanical Garden. The gardens cover a serene 14 acres, with 18 plant collections. Tropical and subtropical plants and trees from six continents make their home at Mounts with more than 2000 species, from cacti and succulent plants to edible herbs, citrus, palms, and exotic trees. Beyond the flowers and trees, there are butterfly gardens; herb and vegetable gardens (a favorite of visitors, mine included); lovely gazebos and arches dotting the trails; and ponds with aquatic plants and fish. The occasional plane roaring overhead is in striking contrast to the serenity of this space — the gardens neighbor the Palm Beach International Airport.

The gardens were hit especially hard by the dual impact of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004, but reopened to the public in early 2005. While 150 trees were lost, more flowers were planted and the ensuing growth has proved healthy.

Mounts was conceived as a 3.5-acre county site for pasturing 4-H horses, and was named for Palm Beach County’s first assistant agricultural extension agent, Marvin Umphrey “Red” Mounts. A native of Oklahoma and 1925 graduate of the University of Florida, Mounts was hired to educate farmers in modern farming methods. The gardens continue to draw on experts for their educational programs due to their association with the PBC Cooperative Extension Service, and affiliation with the University of Florida. A leader in providing horticultural and botanical information related to South Florida’s unique plants and environment, Mounts hosts a variety of events and programs, including plant sales, festivals, workshops, and auctions. The Garden Shop at Mounts further offers a wide range and hard-to-find selection of books geared to the region’s gardening, wildlife, and environment.

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  1. Lisa Monette #

    Love the pics of the flowers.

    September 12, 2011
    • kilikinachappell #

      THANKS!! You should have seen me trying to get close-ups of the flutterbys at the garden (at this place, and at Fern Forest)… They were not amenable for close-ups. You’ll be the same though, when you bring the camera!

      September 13, 2011
  2. Kaylee #

    All I can say is Amazing! This site is great! Do you take all of the photos in this? It is great to see others that likes stuff like this. Being a online florist I find this kind of issue quite interesting. Do you mind if I backlink back here from my personal blog site? Thank you for posting. Kayla Comer

    September 19, 2011
    • kilikinachappell #

      Thanks so very much! These are indeed my own photos, taken in some of our favorite haunts. And please, feel free to backlink to your personal blog — I have a standard copyright to protect the content, but it shouldn’t pertain to your backlinking.

      © Serenity Spell, 2011. Please respect my images and words, and do not copy them unless you have my permission. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to and Serenity Spell with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

      September 22, 2011

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