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GO Public Gardens!

GO Public Gardens in May

MBG will celebrate National Public Gardens Week from May 7 to 15!

The Garden and the MBG Nursery will be closed May 2nd to May 6th as we transition with the de-installation of Nature POP! and installation of new botanicals. We will re-open to the public on Saturday, May 7th.

Garden hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (last entry at 3 pm)
Admission: $12 (adults); $10 (seniors 65+, students and military with ID); $5 (ages 6-17)

Nursery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am to 3:30 pm

Events

May 8
Mother’s Day & Dogs’ Day in the Garden
Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm (last entry at 3 pm)
FREE for members and ALL MOMS (of human and fur babies); $12 for nonmember adults; $10 for seniors 65+, students and military with ID; $5 for ages 6-17
This dog-and-family-friendly monthly event is held throughout the Garden. Bring your Mom and your beloved dog to enjoy a relaxed garden stroll. There are many great spots to capture family photos for posting online with #mountsbotanicalgarden.

Guidelines:
+ Non-retractable leashes only; retractable leashes are not permitted.
+ No more than one dog per adult will be admitted.
+ Rabies vaccination must be current.
+ Visitors should bring their own and water treats for the puppies.
CLICK for more Dogs’ Day information & guidelines


Nature Walks and Tours

To register for Guided Walks/Tours, please CLICK to be re-directed to the event calendar.  Then select your date. 

May 11, 18, 25
Wednesday Walk and Talk
Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 9:30 am
$5 for members; $15 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)
Registration is required; tour size is limited to 15 adults.
Come early to enjoy the quietness of the morning while you reconnect and recharge with nature. April Krebs will lead this Walk for fitness and for fun, stopping along the way for a few stretching exercises. Experience the beauty of the Garden and note the changes each week.

May 12
Nature Explorers with Professor Screech
Thursday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
$7 for MBG member youth (ages 6-17) $2 for members ages 0-5; $10 for nonmember youth (ages 6-17); $3 for nonmembers ages 0-5 (includes full Garden admission)
Adults accompanying youth can receive up to 1 free ticket. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
All attendees are required to register. Tour size is limited to 20 people
Come explore the Garden with Professor Screech (aka Autumn Kioti).  Explorers will embark on a guided tour, through the natural world inside the Garden, learn fun facts about the Garden’s insects, animals and plants, and create their own nature art project. This tour is designed for youth ages 6 to 12.


Classes

To register for Classes, please CLICK to be re-directed to the event calendar.  Then select your date. 

May 7, 14, 21, 28
Tai Chi Classes
Saturdays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)
Registration is required; class size is limited to 25 adults.
Tai Chi originated from ancient China and is an art form as well as an exercise. The movements are flowing and gentle, but profoundly powerful.  The practice of Tai Chi is to magnify, strengthen and to encourage the flow of the internal energy, the “chi”.  When the “chi” flows throughout the body, one experiences over-all health, rejuvenation, and internal joy. Led by Josephina McMahon, this class is based on Sun Style Tai Chi which combines Qigong and Tai Chi.  Wear sneakers or closed comfortable shoes and loose top and pants. Bringing a towel and water.

May 10, 17, 24, 31
Watercolor Classes
Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
$10 for members; $20 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)
Registration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults.
Artist Carl Stoveland returns with his popular watercolor classes. Each class begins with a nature walk through the Garden led by your instructor, artist Carl Stoveland. The purpose of the walk is to inspire you and give you an opportunity to capture photos with your phone or tablet along the way. The group will then move indoors, where Carl will start with a quick demo topic then assist you choosing a subject and getting started on your watercolor. This class is for adults only. Bring your pencils, pens, paints sketchpad or watercolor pad, (or journal) and your favorite photographic device (i.e., cell phone camera or tablet).  These classes are open to all levels from novice to artist and will be tailored to each student.

May 11, 18, 25
Qi Gong Classes
Wednesdays, 10 am to 11 am
$10 for Members; $15 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)
Registration is required; class size is limited to 20 adults. Classes held inside.
Relieve stress and increase your metabolism, flexibility, and strength. Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique. The exercises include simple, slow movements, meditation, and focused breathing — similar to Tai Chi. Classes will be led by Roxanne Cumberland.

May 14 and 21
Botanical Photography: Flower and Foliage Workshop
Saturdays, 10 am to 11:30 am
$40 for members; $60 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)
Registration is required; class size is limited to 25 adults.
Learn how to become a better flower photographer in this two-part workshop.  Photographer Art Silverglate will teach about camera equipment and the key concepts of macro photography. Flower photography is becoming extremely popular for camera enthusiasts and learning how to choose your composition, your lens, and how to find the right light, makes this art even more fun!

Session I: Saturday, May 14th, 10 am to 11:30 am
A short classroom presentation will give you basic concepts and tips on how to use macro photography to zoom in on your subjects and create stunning photos.  The remainder of Session I will be in the garden, practicing the techniques.

Session II: Saturday, May 21st: 10 am to 11:30 am
Please bring a flash drive or photo stick with your photos. This session of the workshop focuses on editing, and Art will talk about ways to take your flower photo from drab to fab using Photoshop and Lightroom techniques.


Announcing the 2022 Photo Contest!

Digital submissions will be accepted May 1-31. Photos must have been taken at Mounts Botanical between June 2021 and May 2022.

CLICK to be re-directed to the Photo Contest page.


Permanent Exhibit

Moai at Mounts Botanical

Reconnect with History.  Thanks to the vision and gift of Margaret Blume, the Tropical Forest Garden re-opened last fall with the permanent installation of three imposing moai statues, replicas of the iconic monolithic, human figures located on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile.

This permanent exhibit is included with your regular Garden admission.


MBG Events, Tours and Classes are sponsored in part by The Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.