MOUNTS BOTANICAL GARDEN to Host 29 Happy, Healthy Horticulture Happenings in October

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+ Watercolor at the Garden – October 4, 11, 18, 25

+ Wednesday Walk & Talk – October 5, 12, 19, 26

+ Qi Gong Classes – October 5, 12, 19, 26

+ Beginning Watercolor with Carl Stoveland – October 6, 13, 20, 27

+ Eat Your Landscape – October 7

+ Tai Chi at Mounts – October 7, 14, 21, 28

+ Palm Beach County Residents Day – October 8

+ Dogs’ Day in the Garden – October 9

+ Create a Butterfly & Pollinator Friendly Garden – October 13

+ Introduction to Bonsai & Saikei – October 15

+ Botanical Photography: Still Life Flower & Foliage – October 22, 29

+ Wildness & the Art of Seeing Things – October 26

+ South Florida Vegetable Garden Basics –October 28

(West Palm Beach, FL – September 13, 2022) Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting 29 happy, healthy, horticulture happenings in October.

“Early fall is the perfect time for flower lovers and nature enthusiasts of all ages to come out and enjoy some of our many safe, informative, and happy horticultural activities at our 20-acre paradise just minutes from downtown West Palm Beach,” invites Mounts Curator-Director Rochelle Wolberg

October 4, 11, 18, 25

Watercolor at the Garden with Carl Stoveland  

Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers 
(includes full Garden admission).
Registration is required; class size is limited to 25 adults.

Join artist Carl Stoveland and share the love of art and nature with fellow art enthusiasts. 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). Some experience preferred. True beginners should consider the Thursday beginners class. Begin each class 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.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 5, 12, 19, 26

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 to the garden early to reconnect and recharge with nature. Led by April Krebs, walk for fitness and for fun, stopping along the way to enjoy the early morning quiet and for a few stretching exercises. Experience the beauty of the Garden and note the changes each week.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 5, 12, 19, 26

Qi Gong Classes

Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission).

Registration is required; size of “inside” classes is limited to 20 adults.

Relieve stress and increase 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—like Tai Chi. Classes will be led by Roxanne Cumberland.  

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 6,13, 20, 27

Beginner Watercolor with Carl Stoveland   

Thursdays, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers 
(includes full Garden admission).
Registration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults. 

If you have always wanted to try watercolor but been overwhelmed by it this is the class for you. Start with the basics, focusing on a new technique and a simple painting each week. Join artist Carl Stoveland and share your love of art and nature with fellow art enthusiasts. Begin each class with a Nature Walk through the Garden led by the artist. The purpose of the walk is to inspire and give participants an opportunity to capture photos with their phone or tablet along the way. The group will then move indoors, where the instructor will start with a quick demo topic then assist people in choosing a subject and getting started on his/her watercolors. This class is for adults only. Bring pencils, pens, paints sketchpad or watercolor pad, (or journal) and your favorite photographic device (i.e., cell phone camera or tablet). 

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 7

Eat Your Landscape

Friday, 10:00 am to Noon

$15 members; $20 nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)

Registration is required; class size is limited to 35 adults

Have you ever experienced the sheer delight of savoring a fruit that you picked directly from your own backyard? As food forests and edible landscapes are becoming more popular, there is a desire for those who live in urban environments to be able to convert a small green space into a place where they can grow healthy fruits and fresh veggies. This workshop led by Nada Vergili will give you the basics on how to transform your standard yard into a beautifully nutritious oasis that will give you delicious food, year after year.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 7, 14, 21, 28

Tai Chi at Mounts

Fridays, 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 features flowing and gentle, but profoundly powerful movements.  The main objective of the practice of Tai Chi is to magnify, strengthen and 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 Josefina McMahon, this Tai Chi class is based on Sun Style Tai Chi which combines Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

Note: Wear sneakers or closed comfortable shoes and loose top and pants. Please bring a towel and water. 

October 8

Palm Beach County Residents Day

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

Palm Beach County residents receive FREE admission on the second Saturday of each month through December 2022.Visitors must show proof of residency for admission-free entry.

Note: Admission for non-residents is $12 for nonmember adults; $10 for seniors 65+, college students, and military with ID; $5 for ages 6-17. Purchase at the gate.

October 9

Dogs’ Day in the Garden

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

FREE for MBG members and children under 6; $12 for nonmember adults; $10 for seniors 65+, college students, and military with ID; $5 for children 6-17. Ticket includes full Garden admission.

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

October 13

Create a Butterfly and Pollinator Friendly Garden

Thursday, 10:00 am to Noon

$15 Members; $20 Nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)

Registration is required; class size is limited to 35 adults

Join us for this fun tour and learn some Florida-friendly, planting practices that will turn your backyard, patio, or balcony into a favorite hangout for butterflies, birds and bees. Learn which plants will attract butterflies to create a Zen retreat for yourself and nature. Led by Nada Vergili, a Mounts Botanical docent, holistic landscape designer and UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscape Award winner in the 2021 “Before and After” category.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 15

Introduction to Bonsai and Saikei

Saturday, 10:00 am to Noon

$35 Members; $40 Nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)

Registration is required; class size is limited to 35 adults

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Bonsai or wanted to learn about the ancient art of Saikei? If so, this is the class for you. Perennial Mounts Volunteer Michael Spencer will discuss the difference between Bonsai and Saikei and how to begin the process of creating your own Bonsai or mini Saikei forest. Participants will be able to design their own starter plant to bring home and learn the basic tools needed for the maintenance of these miniature living treasures. Plant and Bonsai container will be provided. You may bring your own garden snips or small scissors, if you don’t have tools yet, small scissors will be provided.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 22 and 29

Botanical Photography:

Still Life – Flower and Foliage Workshop with Art Silverglate

Saturdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

$45 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, led by Photographer Art Silverglate. Learnabout 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!

++ Saturday October 22: 10 am to 11:30 am

Session I:

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 your techniques.

++ Saturday, October 29: 10 am to 11:30 am

Session II:

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 light room techniques.

Note on Materials Needed: Participants are encouraged to bring pad, tablet, or preferred note-taking device; hat for sun protection; water bottle; camera, tripod, cable release or switch, zoom lens; Macro lens or close-up attachments.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 26

Wildness and the Art of Seeing Things:

A Nature Journal Workshop

Wednesday, 11:30 am to 1 pm

$20 Members $28 Nonmembers

Registration is required; class size is limited to 20 adults

Join artist/naturalist Autumn Kioti for this enlightening exploration of art and the environment. She will lead you to explore both outer and inner worlds and cultivate the art of truly “seeing things”. Nature journaling is: art, it’s science, it’s therapeutic, and most of all, it’s fun. There are no rules. Become more aware of the world around you, come unwind, unplug—learn  how to relax into the present moment by recording your experiences on this planet; journaling captures your observations, perceptions and sparks curiosity. Refreshments will be served.

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

October 28

South Florida Vegetable Garden Basics 

Friday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

$15 members; $20 nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)

Registration is required; class size is limited to 35 adults

Join Master Gardener Phil Bilger and discover the essential ingredients needed to start a South Florida vegetable garden. Whether using seeds or transplants, he will discuss how to use the various garden types, e.g., in-ground, containers, and raised beds to create a productive garden.

Discover the role of climate and seasonal weather plays in planting vegetables. Troubleshoot common problems and find out what to do about pests and diseases seen in a vegetable garden. 

To register, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/2022-10/mounts.org

Also available to visit in October 2022:

Moai at Mounts Botanical Garden

Located in the Tropical Forest Garden

Bringing the awe and wonder of Easter Island to West Palm Beach is this new permanent installation of three imposing moai statues, replicas of the iconic monolithic, human figures located on Rapa Nui, Chile. Designed by artist Dennis MacDonald with great attention to authenticity and detail, each of the statues is made of solid, reinforced, poured concrete and has been stained to create a weathered appearance. The larger moai stands 20 feet tall and wears a “hat” known as pukao, two additional pukao rest on the ground.

The Moai at Mounts Botanical Garden installation is included with Garden admission:

FREE for Mounts members and children under 6; $12 for nonmember adults; $10 for seniors 65+, college students, and military with ID; $5 for children 6-17. Ticket includes full Garden admission.

+ Tickets available for purchase at the gate.

Garden hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm.

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 20-acre tropical oasis will see an acclaimed collection of 25 unique garden areas containing more than 6,000 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 for Palm Beach County. Mounts Botanical is located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, please visit www.mounts.org.

Watercolor by Carl Stoveland – October 4, 11, 18, 25