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“A Wonderful Green Oasis”

Mounts Botanical Garden
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

At first thought, this has to be the most unlikely spot for a botanical garden:
1. its main entrance is on Military Trail, a traffic-clogged multi-lane commercial strip featuring an array of downscale roadside businesses, and;
2. it is directly across from the huge Palm Beach International Airport – a hyper-active place on whose parallel runways a mix of airliners and business jets constantly land and take-off.

But once inside Mounts Botanical Gardens’s entrance gate, the ugliness of suburbia disappears (although the aircraft definitely make their arrivals/departures known), and the visitor is transported into a relaxing world of winding pathways amidst lush greenery. This is Palm Beach County’s largest public garden, and it features some 2,000 different tropical and sub-tropical plants and trees. The hard-working staff has not only gone to great lengths to label these beautiful specimens but has also created a free cell- (mobile) phone tour.

Even though it is private, Mounts is affiliated both with the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension (it is, in fact, named in honor of Marvin “Red” Mounts, a four-decade Cooperative Extension agent) and the University of Florida. Originally a quarter of its current size, the site was first a horse pasture and then, in the early 1950s, a place to learn the cultivation of tropical fruit trees with the goal of encouraging County residents (this was when Palm Beach County was still semi-rural and not the over-developed hodge-podge of gated retirement communities that it is today) to plant them for food.

Usually a quiet (except for those airplanes) place, Mounts can sometimes be very busy, especially during one of its special events, such as its Tropical Fruit Festival, featuring tropical fruit tastings and other activities. There are many other events listed in the Events Calendar, available at www.Mounts.org.

At 14 acres (5.7 hectares) Mounts Botanical Garden provides ample room for roaming its paths, visiting its various gardens, and/or just sitting and quietly enjoying nature. It is a beautiful spot, and one of Palm Beach County’s hidden treasures.

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Lovely meandering trails of gardens, local flora & fauna - an enchanting garden experience when looking for a quick what-to-do in the West Palm Beach area. Easily accessible, comfortable, well-defined walking trails; plenty of information and explanations. Gift shop at end.

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Had an enjoyable afternoon wondering around the well kept grounds. Leave yourself at least 3 hours to take it all in. We only had 2 hours, and the time flew by and there was a lot more we didn't get to. It was buggy, as others have said,so a little bug spray would be welcome. Right next door to PBI airport, great for plane spotting. A $5 p.p. donation box, on the honor system, is located at the garden entrance.

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

Given the modest publicity and its location near the airport and next to the county's busy site for obtaining drivers licenses, Mounts is a pleasant surprise because of its extensive, well maintained grounds.

Tips: Use mosquito repellent. Reportedly most colorful in April and early May.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

The gardens were a nice quiet retreat from all of the more commercial attractions in this part of Florida. We enjoyed the walks on the paths, and the different arrangements. I especially liked the area that demonstrated what a local homeowner could grow -- fruits, vegies and herbs. You could also consider bringing a picnic basket, since there are some tables and chairs throughout. Would be a nice way to spend a few hours.

It is a little difficult to find, even though it is on the main street. The signage isn't great. It is right next door to the Division of Licensing, which is more clearly marked.

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