As Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, Mounts Botanical, now celebrating it’s 40th “Ruby” Anniversary, is a 14 acre tropical paradise. The Garden has over 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants from six continents, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus and palms.
The Garden was named in honor of Marvin U. “Red” Mounts who served Palm Beach County Extension and Palm Beach County farmers for over 40 years as the Extension Agent. Therefore, as we celebrate the Garden’s 40th Anniversary, we also honor Marvin “Red” Mounts, whose work began 60+ years ago. His vision included the promotion of fruit trees that would help produce new food resources that, in turn, could help families overcome vitamin deficiencies,
In 1978, the Mounts Horticultural Learning Center was developed by Clayton E. Hutcheson, former Director of the PBC Extension Service, supported by numerous horticultural groups including the Rare Fruit Council International, two Orchid societies, the Herb Society of Palm Beach County, the Fern Society, Begonia Society, Rose Society and Hibiscus Society. The Center was dedicated in 1979. This was the official beginning of the Garden we know today.
The Mounts Mission is “to inspire and educate through nature.” Its core values are beauty, inspiration, education, community, stewardship, health & wellness. The ruby is favorite gem that inspires more emotion than almost any other stone. Some ancient cultures believed that rubies, as well as other gemstones, grew on trees, just like fruit. The rubies would begin budding as small white gems, and would slowly grow and ripen, turning red in the light of the sun. When the ruby was saturated with red color, it was ready to be plucked.
From a collection of fruit trees, to an acclaimed collection of 23 specialty gardens, Mounts Botanical Garden is truly a hidden gem!