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Mounts Botanical Garden opened in 1954 and has the distinction of being Palm Beach County’s largest and oldest public garden. During your tour of the garden you will find over 2,000 varieties of tropical and subtropical plants. Specimens from six continents, and of course those plants native to Florida tropical fruit, herbs, citrus. Palms and exotic trees. The garden covers 14 acres and has multiple themed gardens within the grounds.
This garden was built in the 80’s the plan was for it be maintained at a 3’ height so the parents could watch them from outside of the Maze. Currently the Maze has a, Castle like appearance and even has turrets. The shrubs that form the maze bloom twice a year with white flowers.
O’keeffe Rain Garden
You might ask what is a Rain Garden is an area that can handle large amounts of water, the plants, even clean the water before it is absorbed back into the ground. The O’keeffe Rain Garden was formerly a retention basin for the water that ran off of the parking lot. The plants used in this garden are native to Florida, and therefore tolerant of having wet feet and equally important they can tolerate drought as well. These plants help filter the water and can even remove some of the toxins. This garden proves we can do a better job of cleaning our runoff water and reduce the environmental damages caused by contaminated run off water.
Garden of Tranquility
A serene Asian inspired garden filled with natural elements, including stone, bamboo and living plant materials. The tranquil garden is Zen- like, the plans were never to make it authentic or strictly Japanese in nature. The hand carved relief wall is Indonesian inspired and throughout the garden you will find elements of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian inspired elements to make the garden it’s own unique and peaceful haven to rest the spirit, mind and body.
Windows on the Floating World –Blume Tropical Wetland Garden
This garden is the largest specialty garden in the history of Mounts Botanical Gardens. The purpose of this garden is to educate visitors on the importance of conserving and protecting our world’s fresh water. Within this garden you will find waterfalls flowing over natural stone, wading birds and other aquatic life, including but not limited to a Koi feeding area. Within this garden you will find hundreds of different species wet land loving plants flame red maple, Mexican Papyrus, Water Lilies, including a Walich’s Dwarf Fishtail Palm. The gardens are all wheelchair accessible.
The Windows on the Floating World won an ASLA Award of Honor- August 2018.
A Shady Retreat. This beautiful garden is all sun dappled and shady comfort, while filled with beautiful foliage and flowers year round. Five large black olive trees spread out their limbs and supply shade and a home for orchids and ferns on the lower trunks. A place of beauty and peace the gazebo offers a place to sit and rest and just enjoy the beauty of this peaceful garden.
Private Rental of the Venue
The Mounts Botanical garden allows for private rental of the venue for functions such as weddings and many take place here in the Gazebo Garden.
This is just a few of the featured Gardens and they are all worth your time to explore them fully. Please do not bring dogs, bicycles, skateboards or two wheeled scooters on the grounds. This does not include strollers, wheelchairs and power chairs which are permitted. A wheelchair is available for visitors, please call ahead of your visit.
Picnicking in the open areas is permitted, and there are picnic tables available near the Pavilion with a view of the pond. Please be kind enough to clean up after your meal. Alcohol is not allowed on the grounds.
Some recommendation for your comfort and safety, please stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun, in addition, I personally suggest bug repellent, becoming a snack for hungry mosquitos will certainly detract from your enjoyment of this wonderful garden.
Hours and Admission
Monday-Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (last ticket sold at 3:30 pm)
Please note these closures:
The Garden is closed on all major holidays as well as Columbus Day (Oct.), Veterans Day (Nov.) and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm and during plant sales
(Please drive to the back of the Garden, off Golf Street toward the Hutcheson Complex)
Garden Shop Hours
Open 7 days, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
559 N Military Trl, West Palm Beach, FL 33415-1311
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