MOUNTS BOTANICAL GARDEN to Host 29 Healthy & Informative Events in October

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Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County to Host 29 Healthy & Informative Events in October, Including Palm & Cycad Sale, Wellness Walks & More (Reiki Healing, Qi Gong, Vinyasa Yoga), Dogs’ Day in the Garden, Art & Horticultural Events, and Opening Day for MOAI at Mounts

+ Palm & Cycad Sale – Oct. 2

+ Reiki Healing: Sound Bowls for Meditation Class – Oct. 3

+ Watercolor at the Garden – Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

+ Wednesday Walk & Talk – Oct. 6, 13, 20

+ Qi Gong – Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27

+ Guided Meditative Wellness Walks – Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

+ Meet the Horticulturist: Backyard Natives Tour – Oct. 8

+ Vinyasa Yoga Flow – Oct. 9

+ Dogs’ Day in the Garden – Oct. 10

+ Grown Like a Pro: Edible Landscapes – Oct. 16

+ It’s in the Bag – Oct. 22

+ Fabric Covered Dream Journal – Oct. 23

+ Public Opening Day for MOAI at Mounts – Oct. 28

+ Creating Your Own Succulent Arrangement – Oct. 30

(West Palm Beach, FL – September 13, 2021) Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting 29 outstanding open-air events in October, including the popular annual Palm & Cycad Sale, art classes, Dogs’ Day in the Garden, wellness walks, horticultural events, and the long awaited public Opening Day for MOAI at Mounts.

“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 October, including the much-anticipated opening of our new permanent exhibition, MOAI at Mounts Botanical Garden,” says Curator-Director Rochelle Wolberg.

Art Events

October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

Watercolor at the Garden

Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers 
(includes full Garden admission)
Registration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults.

Share your love of art and nature with fellow art enthusiasts. Each class begins with an instructor-led Nature Walk for inspiration and to capture reference photos to use in class. The group will then move indoors, where Carl Stoveland will start with a quick demo topic then assist participants in choosing a subject and getting started on a watercolor. Bring pencils, pens, paints sketchpad or watercolor pad, (or journal) and your favorite photographic device (i.e., cell phone camera or tablet). Classes are open to adults only at all levels, from novice to experienced artist, and will be tailored to each student.

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

October 22

It’s in the Bag

Friday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

$35 for members; $45 for nonmembers

Materials Fee: $7 per person to be paid to instructor at the start of class; cash or credit cards accepted

Registration is required; workshop is limited to 20 adults.

Reduce your need for plastic while making a fashion statement at the farmers market or beach with your own original fabric tote bag. Each participant will design a large canvas zipper tote bag using various fabric paints, photo transfers, stamps, and stencils. A variety of techniques will offer a wide range of options to create a functional work of art! Workshop will be led by artist, Andrea Huffman.

+  Optional materials to bring include disposable gloves, apron, or other covering; stencils, stamps, or stickers (such a letters or numbers); small black and white image (4 x 6-ish) printed on photocopy or laser printer, but no inkjet prints.

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

October 23

Fabric Covered Dream Journal

Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

$35 for members; $45 for nonmembers

Registration is required; workshop is limited to 20 adults.

Create a beautiful, cherished keepsake that will allow you to record your dreams, memories, and aspirations! Embark on a journey, real or imagined, with your own extraordinary fabric covered journal. Participants will hand-paint watercolor paper for the pages, using a variety of design techniques, including stenciling, stamping, and painting. Fabric cover can be embellished with a variety of stamps, and a selection of threads, ribbons and other embellishments can be used to make each journal truly unique. Workshop will be led by artist, Andrea Huffman. Necessary skills: Basic measuring, some manual dexterity for pushing a thick (blunt) needle through layers of paper. Optional materials to bring include disposable gloves; apron, or other covering; stencils, or stamps; a favorite piece of fabric (approx. 9” x 12”); other fabrics will be provided.

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

Horticultural Events

October 2

Palm & Cycad Sale

Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors, college students with ID, active military; $5 ages 6-17; FREE for MBG and Society members and children under 6. Tickets available at the gate.

Shop for over 700 different species of palms and rare cycads. Books and fertilizer will also be available for purchase. Presented by the Palm Beach Palm & Cycad Society.

October 8

Meet the Horticulturist: Backyard Natives Tour

Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 am

$10 for members; $20 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)

Registration is required; tour is limited to 20 adults.

Mounts Botanical horticulturist, Josh Spall will lead a special tour focusing on plants native to the South Florida area. He will talk about which native trees, shrubs and perennial herbs are the best to plant in your own backyard and what you can do to keep them healthy. These plants are especially helpful in attracting birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Learn how to help our ecosystem while also making your yard a beautiful haven.

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

October 16

Grow Like a Pro: Edible Landscapes

Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

$25 Members $35 nonmembers

Registration is required; workshop is limited to 35 adults.

Reduce your grocery bill, protect the environment, and have better tasting, fresh ingredients at your fingertips; learn to Grow like a Pro! You can grow your own food, whether your yard is large or small or even no yard at all. Learn tips and tricks for growing the highest quality fruits, vegetables, and herbs right in your own yard or on the patio. Class includes a hands-on opportunity to plant one of the Garden’s raised beds. Presented by Mike Kane of Palm Beach Farmyards, where certified Master Gardeners have a proven track record of giving workshop participants a green thumb in one session. Kane will also bring a trailer full of herbs, vegetable plants, and fruit trees for participants to purchase and take home.

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

October 30

Creating your own Succulent Arrangement

Saturday 9:30 to 11:30 am

$35 for members; $40 for nonmembers

Registration is required; workshop is limited to 25 adults.

Have you wondered why succulents are so popular right now? Come to this introductory class to learn about these fascinating plants and how you can grow your own little succulent gems. Michael Spencer, will demonstrate how to nurture, propagate, and create an environment where these stylish, gorgeous plants can thrive. All materials are provided for students to create their own succulent arrangement to take home.

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

Special Events

October 10

Dogs’ Day in the Garden

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

FREE for members and children 5 and under; $12 for nonmember adults; $10 for seniors, active military, and college students with ID; $5 for children 6-1. Ticket 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.

October 28, 2021

Public Opening Day for

MOAI at Mounts Botanical Garden

+ Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm (October & May)

+ Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm (November through April)

FREE for Mounts members and children 5 and under; $12 for nonmember adults; $10 for seniors, active military, and college students with ID; $5 for children, 6-17

+ Tickets available for purchase at the gate.

Reconnect with History as the mystery of the Moai comes to Mounts.  Thanks to the generosity of Margaret Blume, the garden’s Tropical Forest Garden will re-open with the permanent installation of three imposing Moai sculptures, replicas of the iconic monolithic, human figures located on Easter Island, Chile. Visitors will discover the inspiring story of the Easter Island Moai and the Rapa Nui Culture. The tribute is meant to inspire curiosity and to serve as a link to ancient history, art, and culture.

Wellness Events

October 3

Reiki Healing – Sound Bowls Meditation Class

Sunday 10:00 to 11:00 am

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

Registration is required; class size is limited to 20 adults

This wildly popular class is back. Reiki is a powerful healing tool that helps release tension and stress so participants can connect with their higher self. Come a few minutes early as we begin class with a peaceful Garden walk to the Exhibit Hall with instructor, Jessica Prestia. The soothing, pure tones of the sound bowls help to lead people to the present moment, where they can center themselves in deep relaxation. During this class participants will be guided through a meditation, a Reiki practice, and sound healing. They will leave feeling harmonized and refreshed! Bring water, yoga mat, and/or towel. Class will be held in the Exhibit Hall or on a shady lawn, weather permitting.

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

October 6, 13, 20

Wednesday Walk & Talk

Wednesdays, 8:30 to 9:30 am

$5 for members; $15 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)

Registration is required; group size is limited to 15 adults.
Come early to enjoy the quietness of the morning while reconnecting and recharging with nature. Experience the beauty of the Garden and note the changes each week. We will walk for fitness and for fun, stopping along the way to admire the plants and for a stretch or two. Garden Walks are led by staff or docents.

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

October 6, 13, 20, 27 

Qi Gong

Wednesdays, 10:00 to 11:00 am

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

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

Relieve stress and increase your 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 limited to the first 10-15 people to register. Classes will be inside, led by Roxanne Cumberland

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

October 7, 14, 21, 28

Guided Meditative Wellness Walks

Thursdays, 9:00 to 10:00 am

$5 for members; $15 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)

Registration is required; group size is limited to 10 adults.
Join Mounts Botanical docent, Nada Vergili for a peaceful walk designed to quiet the mind, boost the mood, while bringing awareness to one’s environment and body. As people walk through the Garden, they will be given prompts to help engage their body, mind, and spirit.

For tickets, please visit https://www.mounts.org/events/.

October 9

Vinyasa Yoga Flow

Saturday, 10:30 to 11:00 am

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

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

Meet at the Garden entrance shortly before 10 am for a calming walk through the Garden to the shady yoga site. Get back to nature with this gentle, refreshing, reflective class that is bound to bring joy to participants. Yoga teacher Jess Pfeffer will lead this Vinyasa class designed to bring awareness to body, mind, and spirit through movement. All levels and abilities are welcome, as modifications will be offered throughout the class. Bring water, yoga mat and/or towelIn the case of rain or excessive heat, class will be held inside.

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 16-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 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.