Tropical Forest Garden
Even on the hottest of Florida summer days any tropical shade garden can be 10 degrees cooler than the adjacent sunny areas. Lush foliage and ferns provide a feeling of a tropical forest with orchids, bromeliads and other tropical surprises that creates a landscape carrying the eye upward with accents of color from the ground to the trees above. Take careful note of the great variation in size, color and texture of the foliage.
Moai at Mounts Botanical
Thanks to the vision and gift of Margaret Blume, the Tropical Forest Garden reopened in October 2021 with the permanent installation of three imposing moai statues, replicas of the iconic monolithic, figures located on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile. Designed by artist Dennis MacDonald with great attention to authenticity and detail, each statue is made of solid, reinforced, poured concrete and has been stained to create a weathered appearance. The larger moai stands 20 feet tall and wears a “hat” known as pukao, two additional pukao rest on the ground.
Visitors will discover the inspiring story of the moai and the Rapa Nui culture. The tribute is meant to inspire curiosity and to serve as a link to ancient history, art and culture.