(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – March 11, 2020) Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting 12 fun and horticulturally informative programs and events in April and May, including the always popular Spring Plant-A-Palooza and annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour. Visitors to Mounts will also want to experience the two ongoing exhibition at Mounts: the family friendly Ribbit the Exhibit and the amazing eco-exhibition CUTTING CORNERS: A Stickwork Exhibit.
Palm & Cycad Sale
Saturday – April 4
+ 9 am to 4 pm
The Event Field at Mounts / Enter through Gate 2
FREE for members; $5 for nonmembers. Pay at the gate.
Join the Palm Beach Palm & Cycad Society for their annual spring sale. Talk to experts and choose from a wide variety of palms and cycads, with nearly 400 available for purchase.
Mounts 21st Annual Spring Benefit
Sunday, April 5 – 5:30 to 8 pm
At a private garden in Palm Beach
$200 per person
Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden is hosting this enchanting annual fundraising event that will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a lavish silent auction featuring a diverse array of rare and exotic plants, orchids and eye-catching arrangements. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 561.233.1796.
Guided Garden Walks
Wednesdays – April 8 & 22, May 6 & 20
+ 10:30 am on all four dates
+ 1:30 pm on April 22
Meet at the main Garden Entrance
FREE with admission. No RSVP Required
Enjoy this professionally guided walking tour throughout Mounts Botanical Garden.
Curator Conversations: Ribbit the Exhibit
Thursdays – April 9 & May 12
+ 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Meet at the main Garden Entrance
$5 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required.
Join Mounts staff for an insider’s look at Ribbit the Exhibit. This guided tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at J.A. Cobb’s whimsical structures and takes visitors through the Art in the Garden process, from art selection to placement to landscape design. This after-hours experience is limited to 15 participants. Online registration closes April 8 & May 11, and walk-in are not accepted.
Earth Day’s Birthday
Wednesday, April 22 – 10 am to 4 pm
Throughout the Garden
50% Off the regular admission of $15, $8 and $5
In honor the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Mounts Botanical Garden is offering 50 percent off admission, plus some special fun activities including Guided Garden Walks at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm, and Little Earth children’s activities in the Pavilion next to the Gift Shop at 11 am.
The Earth Day Network Mission: “To diversity, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 100countries to drive positive action for our planet.”
Saturday, April 25 – 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday, April 26 – 9 am to 3 pm
Throughout the Garden & in the Exhibit Halls
FREE for Mounts members; $15 for nonmembers; $5 for children (ages 5-12)
This two-day annual event features more than 80 vendors with everything one needs for a home garden, including rare, exotic and hard-to-find plants, trees, herbs and garden accessories, with additional horticultural “must-haves” available for purchase in the Mounts Botanical Gift Shop Nursery and Vintage Shop.
Connoisseurs Garden Tour
Saturday, May 9 – 9 am to 4 pm
+ Private Gardens on Tour Only
Sunday, May 10 – 10 am to 3:30 pm
+ CGT Ticket Holders & Mounts members will receive complimentary admission to Mounts for Mother’s Day
+ Private Gardens on Tour Not Available
$25 for Mounts members; $35 for nonmembers; FREE for children (ages 5-12)
The 16th annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour is a tradition every Mother’s Day Weekend. It is the perfect opportunity for people to visit various private and public gardens throughout Palm Beach County at their own pace and sequence.. The actual gardens on this year’s tour will be announced soon.
Also at Mounts Botanical Garden
Ribbit the Exhibit
Through May 31, 2020
Come to Mounts and see this enchanting cast of 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog characters. Follow the exhibit guide to discover them in 17 locations throughout the Garden. Each frog has a name and a story; it’s a fun and interactive experience for families to enjoy together. The Ribbit sculptures are each 5 to 7 feet tall and handcrafted from copper, colored with natural patina with some secured to a solid stone tread, others sitting in chairs or on trees—all designed by artist J.A. Cobb. The delightful tableaux include a hoppy jazz trio, a meditating post-pollywog in Mounts’ Windows on the Floating World, a jiving froggy Fred and Ginger, a coffee-sipping frog enjoying lakeside views, and so many more.
A Stickwork Exhibition
This awe-inspiring new eco-exhibition is located in the Great Lawn area of the Garden. The interactive, environmental exhibit features an original, massive, stickwork sculpture designed by internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty and created on site through a “community build” by 106 volunteers utilizing 30,000 pounds of willow. The exhibition invites visitors to wander through, admire, and become part of a living art experience.
Hours and Admission for Both Exhibits
+ Open Daily, 10 am to 4 pm (last entry at 3:30 pm)
+ FREE for Mounts members; $15 for nonmembers; $8 for students with ID; $5 for children 5 to 12
+ Tickets are available for purchase at www.mounts.org or at the main Garden Entrance. To schedule a group tour, call 561.233.1757.
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