Mounts Botanical Garden: Hurricane Irma Update
Update: Monday, October 2: The Garden, Nursery and Garden Shop have re-opened for business and will remain open during all regular hours. The Tropical Forest will remain closed until further notice. Many thanks to the horticulture staff and amazing volunteers who worked tirelessly for over two weeks to get us re-opened and safe for all!
Update, Monday, September 18. Mounts Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Staff was on-site immediately following the storm. We were very fortunate. Our buildings and all structures were spared major damage and came away unscathed! Less than 5% of the Garden’s tree cover was damaged. Unfortunately, of that number, we lost some beloved plants and trees, namely the Malabar Chestnut, the Giant Timber Bamboo on the knoll overlooking Lake Orth, and an Apple Blossom Shower Tree. Thankfully, over 75% of what was battered will be saved. Most of the Palms and Cycads, the Royal Poinciana tree, Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden, and Grace the Humpback Whale Tail sculpture from Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea are in great shape. Plant debris is still everywhere. The Horticulture team and a South Carolina debris removal company have been actively working around the clock to clean up our pathways and make those areas safe to visitors once again.
Palm Beach County will assess the Garden in the coming days to determine when it will be safe to re-open our Garden Gates for the public to return to our beloved Tropical Paradise.
Please visit this website or social media for updates on the Garden
Volunteers. If you are able, please report Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri., and Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please wear comfortable clothes, hat and sunscreen and bring your gardening gloves. We’ll have plenty of water! Please report to the office for assignments and to sign-in.
What You Can Do To Help. We anticipate that the hurricane recovery process will be a costly undertaking, so we’ve created an online donation page to help defray costs. Every dollar you give us will be used for the Garden’s recovery efforts. We really appreciate your support and commitment to the Garden. Please make a donation today!
Events and Classes:
The Exotic Plant & Orchid Sale has been tentatively rescheduled to the weekend of October 7 & 8.
The Annual Meeting for Members and Volunteers will now be held on Thursday, October 12th from 5:30-7:00 PM. All members and volunteers are invited for cocktails, networking, Volunteer of the Year Recognition and the State of the Garden Address.
Although all classes, workshops, and tours have been cancelled for September, Mounts Botanical encourages you to attend the very popular and FREE Essence of Scent: Fragrant Flowers presentation on Thursday, September 28th at Jo Malone London Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens Mall.