(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – April 2, 2020) Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden today announced that although the Garden has been temporarily closed during the current COVID-19 pandemic out of an abundance of caution and for the well-being of visitors, volunteers, members and staff, Mounts Botanical Garden is now virtually active with a variety of fun and educational online activities for children and adults.
To make this easily accessible to homebound people of all ages, the Garden recently launched three new portal pages on its official website, mounts.org.
While the front gate may be closed, this page allows visitors to take a virtual tour of Mounts Botanical Garden. This is the perfect online opportunity to explore the beauty of the Garden, learn more about the fascinating plants and display gardens, find family activities that can be enjoyed from home, enjoy breathtaking photos contributed by staff and guests, and even go on an art-meets-science excursion.
On this page, Mounts Botanical Garden offers unique programs for children and families, as well as educational experiences for students in grades K-12. Online activities include:
+ Nature Quest
Like all botanical gardens, Mounts is home to thousands of plants from all over the world. This page offers 20 fascinating factoids and questions of a horticultural nature.
+ Virtual Learning is Fun!
Mounts has partnered with Scientist in Every Florida School to bring interdisciplinary content that connects art and science, including livestream events—the first of which will be on April 21 at 10 am, when Dr. David Blackburn, associate curator of herpetology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, will conduct a virtual tour of Mounts to see Ribbit the Exhibit and learn many curious characteristics of frogs.
+ Make Your Own Frog Bog:
Frogs play an important part in the environment as both predators and prey, and as incredible indicators of the health of the ecosystem in which they live. This page offers tips about how to build and stock a healthy frog pond.
For Mounts Members:
“During this unprecedented time of uncertainty while the Garden is closed, we wanted to create a special place for our members and friends,” says Rochelle Wolberg, Mounts Curator-Director. Online activities include:
+ Frog Blog
An insider’s look at the art and horticulture of Ribbit the Exhibit, including stories featuring the 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog characters created by J.A. Cobb.
+ Virtually Yours
Filled with beautiful places to go, gardening tips from a Mounts horticulturist, and other helpful content, this page includes virtual tours of some of the world’s most amazing gardens.
The spring 2020 issue of Mounts’ popular glossy magazine will be published online mid-April.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Mounts Botanical Garden as soon as it is safe to reopen,” adds Wolberg. “Until then, we hope garden lovers everywhere will enjoy the fun and informative content on mounts.org.”
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