Mounts Botanical Gardens – West Palm Beach

Lorea Thomson
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Mounts Botanical Gardens of Palm Beach County, 531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415 is the oldest and largest civic botanical garden in the Palm Beaches. The beginning of the Garden traces back to the University of Florida’s Cooperative Extension Service, “providing free and low-cost agricultural education to the broad local community”.

The Garden exhibitions assess materials that are environmentally suitable for home, commercial, and public landscapes while providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn the art, science, and joy of gardening. The Garden is full of orchids. Orchids are known for their ease of care and beauty, Phalaenopsis orchids throughout the seasons; add exactly the right touch of style to any decor or occasion and bloom. Orchids grow easily in West Palm Beach.

The popular, Mounts Botanical Garden, 3-class Orchid Trilogy has returned with Sandi Jones of Broward Orchid Supply and the Orchid Curator at The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. She is an expert instructor for beginners to authorities in orchids. Two Classes have already passed but perhaps the third class will enlighten your horticulture skills.

Class #1 – Orchid Basics - CLOSED
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Location: Mounts Auditorium
Newcomers to orchids will learn how to choose the correct plants for their growing area and what they need – water, light, fertilizer, temperature, so they grow and flower beautifully.   Start your journey into the exciting hobby of orchid growing!

Class #2 – Orchid Repotting & Mounting Orchids - CLOSED
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Hutcheson Exhibit Hall A
Learn how often an orchid should be repotted, about different potting medias, the proper type of pot or basket to use or how to mount orchids on items such as tree fern or cork.

Class #3 – Your Eye – Orchid Pests and Diseases
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hutcheson Exhibit Hall A
Learn all about pests and diseases that are a detrimental to orchids. From bacterial and fungal rots to insects, scale, snails and spider mites.  Students will learn how to identify the culprits, what products to use to get rid of them, as well as what to do to avoid them in the future.  This is information you need to know to grow the best orchids possible.  Orchids or orchid leaf specimens may be brought in for evaluation and diagnosis. The specimens must be placed in plastic bags to prevent contaminating other plants.

Mounts Botanical Garden is an unaffected “Eden” that explains about plants that thrive in South Florida’s perplexing environment. Session topics and price are $95 for members or $105 for nonmembers. This was the price is for all three classes in the series.  Call the Mounts Botanical Gardens office at (561) 233-1751 or visit  for individual session tickets if available.


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