Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County to Host 24 Healthy & Informative Events in August, Including Art & Nature Classes, Dogs’ Day in the Garden, Guided Walks, Qi Jong, Herb Garden Tour, Nature Trek and More

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+ Sketchbook Journal Class – August 3, 10,17, 24

+ Watercolor Journal Class – August 3, 10,17, 24

+ Qi Gong – August 4, 11,18, 25

+ Meet the Horticulturist – August 6

+ Dogs’ Day in the Garden – August 8

+ Guided Sunflower Power Walk – August 11, 18, 25

+ Guided Meditative Wellness Walk – August 13, 20, 27

+ Palm Beach County Resident Day – August 19

+ Introduction to Natural Dyes Workshop – August 21

+ Herb Garden Tour & Activity – August 26

+ Nature Trek! – August 28

(West Palm Beach, FL – July 14, 2021) Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting 24 outstanding open-air events in August, including art classes, Dogs’ Day in the Garden, guided walks, nature treks, and more for people of all ages.

“Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden is inviting garden enthusiasts, plant lovers, and proud ‘green-thumbers’ of all ages to come out and enjoy some of our many safe, healthy and happy horticultural activities in August, including our celebratory National Horticulture Day featuring our own Joel Crippen,” says Mounts Curator-Director Rochelle Wolberg.

Art Classes

August 3, 10, 17, 24

Sketchbook Journal Classes for Adults

Tuesdays, 9 am to 11 am

$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers / Includes full garden admission

Registration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults.

August 3, 10, 17, 24

Watercolor Journal Classes for Adults

Tuesdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers / Includes full garden admission

Registration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults.

Art Classes Notes:

Share your love of art and nature with fellow sketchers or painters. Sign up for Sketchbook Journal, or Watercolor Journal, or both! Each class will begin with a nature walk through the Garden led by artist/instructor Carl Stoveland. The purpose of the walk is to give participants the opportunity to take reference photos with their phone or tablet to use in the class. The group will then move indoors, where the instructor will start with a quick demo topic then guide the class through the drawing or painting process, showing how explorations can be recorded and translated into a journal. Classes are for adults only and open to all levels. Participants should bring pencils, pens, paints (whatever they like to work with really) sketchpad or watercolor pad, a journal, and their cell phone or tablet.

To register, visit https://www.mounts.org/events/

August 4, 11, 18, 25

Qi Gong

Wednesdays, 10 am to 11 am

$10 per class for members; $15 per class for nonmembers / includes (full Garden admission

Registration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults.

Relieve stress and increase personal metabolism, flexibility and strength. Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique. The exercises include simple, slow movements (which mimic nature), meditation and focused breathing — similar to Tai Chi. Each class is held inside with social distancing and will be led by Roxanne Cumberland

To register, please visit: https://www.mounts.org/events/

August 6

Meet the Horticulturist – Joel Crippen

Friday, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers / includes full Garden admission

Registration is required; tour size is limited to 20 adults.

Mounts Display Garden Horticulturist Joel Crippen will lead a special tour of the Garden in honor of National Horticulture Day. Learn about his favorite landscaping plants, the best bloomers, and what it takes to have a beautiful garden.

To register, please visit: https://www.mounts.org/events/

August 8

Dogs’ Day in the Garden

Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm (last entry at 2 pm)

FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers; $5 for children 5-12 /

includes full Garden admission

This dog-and-family-friendly monthly event is held throughout the Garden. Bring your beloved pooch 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.

+  For all Dogs’ Day rules, please visit www.mounts.org/dogs-day.

August 11, 18, 25

Guided Sunflower Power Walks

Docent or Staff-led

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

Reconnect and recharge with nature. Experience the beauty of the Garden and the blooming Sunflower Field. Walk for fitness and fun.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/.

August 13, 20, 27

Guided Meditative Wellness Walk

Fridays, 9 am to 10 am

$5 for members; $15 for nonmembers / includes full Garden admission

Registration is required; tour size is limited to 10 adults.

Join us for a peaceful walk designed to quiet the mind, boost the mood, and bring awareness to both your environment and body. As you walk through the Garden, the guide will give prompts to help participants engage their body, mind and spirit. Each walk will focus on a different wellness related theme.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/

August 19

Palm Beach County Residents Day

Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm (last entry at 2 pm)

Free admission all day long for anyone who lives in Palm Beach County with valid proof of residency.

August 21

Introduction to Natural Dyes Workshop

Saturday, 1 pm to 3:30 pm

$35 for members; $40 for nonmembers / includes full Garden admission

Registration is required; class size is limited to 20 adults/teens.

Synthetic dyes are a major source of water pollution. In this introductory class learn how to use avocado pits, hibiscus flowers, Turmeric and other natural materials to make natural organic dyes in a rainbow of colors. We will discuss plant materials, fiber selection, pH and proper use of mordants. Participants will receive fabric samples that they can dye and take home. Instructor is April Krebs, Mounts Special Projects Manager.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/.

August 26

Herb Garden Tour & Activity

Thursday, 10 am to 12:30 pm

$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers / includes full Garden admission

Registration is required; class size is limited to 20 adults/teens.

Take a walk into the Garden of Well-Being and learn how flowers, herbs, and spices can be used to make body products and herbal teas. After the walk, everyone can relax in the classroom and make their own herbal tea mix and body scrub. Instructor is Mounts Special Projects Manager April Krebs.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/.

August 28

Nature Trek!

Saturday, 9:30 am to 11 am

FREE for adult members; $10 for nonmember adults; $5 for ALL children (members and nonmembers) / includes full Garden admission

Registration is required; tour size is limited to 20 participants.

Children ages 7 to 11 can become plant detectives. They’ll learn how to ID select plants and discover fun facts about them, seek out birds, butterflies and garden critters, feed the fish, and learn about the aquatic plants in Lake Orth. Mounts Docent Mike Fralli will help them explore the hidden places where flora and fauna live in the Garden. Each plant detective will receive a magnifying glass and fish food. This tour is guaranteed to be a super fun adventure.

Note:  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/.

About Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County:

With a mission to inspire and educate through nature, Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden. Visitors to this 14-acre tropical oasis will see an acclaimed collection of 25 unique garden areas containing more than 5,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants, including Florida natives, exotic and tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms, roses, cactus, bromeliads and much more. Mounts Botanical Garden is part of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Department, in partnership with the University of Florida and the non-profit Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden. This project is sponsored in part by The Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Mounts Botanical is located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, please visit www.mounts.org.