Magnificence from the Garden’s Highest Point
The crown jewels of Mounts Botanical Garden look down on Lake Orth from their shady ridge. This garden features a combination of large trees that could all be a defining point in a landscape on their own. Enjoy a view of Lake Orth from the bench underneath the Garden’s oldest Royal Poinciana (40+ years old).
This majestic Royal Poinciana overlooking Lake Orth is one of eight recorded trees planted in 1978. Also called flamboyant or “flame tree,” the royal poinciana provides dappled shade in summer, with wide, spreading branches and brilliantly-colored flowers. While it’s considered a classic beauty in South and Central Florida, many people also consider this to be one of the most beautiful trees in the world. The jewel of the Garden, Lake Orth was named in honor of Henry Charles George Orth and his wife Candace in appreciation of the time and labor they gave toward the Garden’s development and expansion. Henry served on the board as President of the West Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council and was a founding member and former President of the Friends of MBG non-profit organization.
This Ponytail Palm is estimated to be 100 years old, making it the eldest tree in the Garden. It was moved to Mounts Botanical in 2005.