Mounts Botanical Garden Hosts Horticultural Series

The Mounts Botanical Garden is kicking off fall with a series of informative, family-friendly horticultural events taking place throughout August and September, including four gardening workshops and a two-day plant sale. So lace up your walking shoes, toss on a hat, and get ready to spend the day in the sunny, flower-filled garden.


  • Start off on the right foot with an evening stroll on Wednesday, August 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. Guests will not only learn facts about the garden’s history and plans for its future, but they will also have the opportunity to discover which plants grow well in South Florida gardens (useful information when planting your own gardens at home!). Can’t make it that week? Don’t worry – there’s another stroll scheduled for September 14. (Free for members, $10 for non-members)
  • Learn how to make a garden trough on Tuesday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Perfect for miniature gardens or small plants, these functional planters make great hostess and holiday gifts. Attendees are asked to wear old clothes and bring clear plastic safety glasses and well-fitting, waterproof dishwashing gloves. ($30 for members, $35 for non-members)


  • If orchids are some of your favorite flowers, make sure to swing by the garden’s Everything Orchids plant sale on September 10 and 11. Guests can browse the area’s premier plant vendors, participate in a silent auction for some magnificent tabletop arrangements, and listen to lectures on topics including basic orchid care, shade-loving plants, and fragrance plants. (Free for members, $10 for non-members)
  • On September 10, guests can learn how to construct a clay vessel utilizing the garden’s own foliage as imprinted design elements for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Upon completion, a demonstration will be given to show the different options of actual arrangements, and the vessels will be glazed, fired, and returned to the garden five days later for students to pick up. ($115 for members, $125 for non-members, plus $10 material fee per person)
  • If books are more your style, the garden is partnering with the Palm Beach County Library System to provide an opportunity for book and garden enthusiasts to meet together and experience titles related to all aspects of gardening and horticulture. On September 13, guests can meet to discuss the memoir Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. (Free)
  • Ever dreamed of growing delicious vegetables right in your own backyard? At the garden’s Farm Your Backyard workshop on September 17, guests can learn the secrets to vegetable growing in South Florida. Topics focus on successful agricultural techniques to manage small vegetable projects. ($20 for members, $30 for non-members)
  • On September 18, award-winning botanist, horticulturalist and plant explorer Scott Zona will discuss six tropical plants that rocked the world (coffee, sugar, rubber, black pepper and nutmeg), and predict how a sixth tropical plant may change the world in the near future – but not for the better. ($10 for members, $15 for non-members)
  • If you missed the Everything Orchids sale earlier this month, try the Orchid Care 101 workshop on September 24. Orchid curator Sandi Jones will guide people through the repotting process step-by-step in a 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. ($35 for members, $45 for non-members)

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