An immense living plant museum, Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach is an oasis of tropical serenity, replete with 14 acres of beautifully tended lawns, borders and blooms. In celebration of its 40th anniversary this year, the botanical garden is hosting a spring exhibition of Patrick Dougherty’s organic sculptures—so there’s no better time for guests at The Chesterfield Palm Beach to visit. From its beautifully landscaped lawns to an inspired roster of classes and workshops, here’s why to visit Mounts Botanical Garden this spring.
Explore the gardens
More than 2,000 species of plants inhabit the 25 unique themed areas at Mounts Botanical Garden. Take a guided tour, or explore the labyrinthine gardens at your own pace. Follow your nose to the Edible Garden, where fragrant cooking herbs, tropical fruit trees and seasonal vegetables are carefully cultivated in the style of a jardin potager or French kitchen garden. Elsewhere, venture into the Garden of Extremes to encounter plants that thrive in harsh heat and hostile conditions. Whether it’s unrelenting sun, a lack of rainwater or rough winds, the robust cacti, fleshy succulents and woody conifers flourish in this plot.
Young explorers will love racing around the Children’s Maze and spotting butterflies, while the Garden’s newest opening, the Garden of Tranquillity, is where to duck out for some quiet reflection. The Zen garden is inspired by Asian aesthetics, with bamboo partitions, combed gravel and soothing sprays of greenery offering a meditative retreat surrounded by nature.
What’s in bloom?
During spring, Mounts Botanical Garden is a riot of colour. Most appealing for visitors at this time of year is the Florida Flame Vine, so-called for its fiery orange flowers. Pretty white lilies, hot pink desert roses and golden bouquet trees also burst to life at this time of year.
In the middle of the Great Lawn until 30th June is Patrick Dougherty’s huge, interactive Cutting Corners: A Stickwork Exhibit. The North Carolina-based artist is renowned across the world for his monumental organic builds. Cutting Corners was pieced together using 30,000 pounds of willow fronds during a three-week community build in January. From Mounts Botanical Garden’s friends, members and master gardeners to representatives from Palm Beaches Junior League, a total of 106 volunteers came together to erect the colossal structure.
Offering a carefully curated crop of gardening books and tools, Mounts Gift Shop is the place to pick up a green-fingered gift. Browse a tasteful selection of garments, tote bags and homeware, while the garden’s nursery sells a kaleidoscopic variety of border plants, depending on the season. Be sure to check in with the garden’s busy programme of classes, offering everything from the art of Japanese gift-wrapping to caring for orchids.