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Mounts Botanical Garden In West Palm Beach

Updated on January 8, 2013

Garden Flowers In Vivid Color

I love this plant's flower.  It reminds me of a Fourth Of July firework display.
I love this plant's flower. It reminds me of a Fourth Of July firework display.

A Garden Tour To Remember

One of our favorite weekday getaways is Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, Florida. When our schedules are frenzied and we are in need of some quiet reflection, we head over to this picturesque fourteen acre garden setting. Each time we go, the place changes in flowers, plants and pathways; it seems like a whole new experience.

Mounts has a variety of arbors leading to gardens such as the butterfly, vegetable and herb. Each section has unique foliage and trees not often seen in other parts of the nation. The Florida climate is conducive to tropical and subtropical plants friendly only to the soil and sun of this area. The garden also displays fruit trees, herbs and palms of a unique nature and easily grown in the sandy soil of Florida.

The Tropical Forest

My favorite section of Mounts is the Tropical Forest which gives one the feeling they have entered into another time and era. I find myself thinking of the shire from the Lord Of The Rings. The tall trees have vines wrapped around them, which cascade downwards interrupting your walk as you brush by them in the breezy shade. I can almost sense these tall sentries watching me as I find my way along the winding path. There are a wooden benches set into small nooks beside the way which are perfect for sitting to gaze upwards into the trees, or perhaps to catch a glimpse of a small wood elf scurrying along the ground layers of heavy foilage.


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The Butterfly Garden

This garden attracts over a dozen types of butterflies at any given time. While we strolled, a monarch floated in and out among the flowers as we walked the path. I mentioned to my husband how I felt as if I were walking in a fairy garden. The delicate flowers, the lacy leaves, the graveled pathway and foot bridge give one the feeling of being in a magical world.

The wooden bridge leading into the butterfly section is surrounded by lily pads and rock gardens making your adventure across interesting. The bubbling stream sings cheerfully as you view the floral arrangements tucked in and around the edge of the water. This is truly a place for children to enjoy and to imagine the dance of fairies among the flowers.

Coming back to reality, the garden is composed of plants which supply nectar to butterflies and others that act as hosts to the larvae. The water supply is ample for these beautiful creatures and they have plenty of area to roost at night without distraction.

Highlights Of Our Garden Visit

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The vivid purple of this flower really comes out in the sunshine.  This was on the edge of the Butterfly Garden area. I have a preference for white with yellow in flowers.  It reminds me of hope and peace. This flower is actually a leaf of the plant.  They turn green as the leaves matures.  This was such a beautiful blend of yellow and red. I rarely see an orange blossom.  This one captured my attention as it was a pop of color among the grassy lawn borders.
The vivid purple of this flower really comes out in the sunshine.  This was on the edge of the Butterfly Garden area.
The vivid purple of this flower really comes out in the sunshine. This was on the edge of the Butterfly Garden area.
I have a preference for white with yellow in flowers.  It reminds me of hope and peace.
I have a preference for white with yellow in flowers. It reminds me of hope and peace.
This flower is actually a leaf of the plant.  They turn green as the leaves matures.
This flower is actually a leaf of the plant. They turn green as the leaves matures.
This was such a beautiful blend of yellow and red.
This was such a beautiful blend of yellow and red.
I rarely see an orange blossom.  This one captured my attention as it was a pop of color among the grassy lawn borders.
I rarely see an orange blossom. This one captured my attention as it was a pop of color among the grassy lawn borders.

The Vegetable Garden

Many Floridians enjoy gardening and the beauty of it is that they can do this almost all year round. The climate offers suitable weather for growing and harvesting vegetables during the winter through spring months. With the turn in economic growth, gardening provides families with much needed organic food and nutrition at a low cost. Mounts offers their expertise to the community on the specifics of planting vegetable, fruit and citrus trees in this tropical region.

The vegetable garden in this section of the layout demonstrates what will grow in south Florida and contains various herbs, fruits and edible flowers. In the video above you can catch a small glimpse of the garden and you can see that is well maintained and the plants are quite healthy.

Exploring The Maze At Mounts

Navigating The Natural Maze

One of the most fascinating stops on this tour is the garden maze. It is reminiscent of the English garden maze design. The tall hedges give one the feeling of being wrapped in lanes of greenery open to the exploration and imagination of your mind.

Wikipedia defines a maze as a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage through which the solver must find a route. This would indeed describe the maze created here in this garden. Due to the tropical climate, the maze is available all year long.

It is used as a game activity during the Fall season holiday events. Visitors may find some interesting creatures within the corners and branches of the pathway. If you decide to enter this puzzle, don't worry about getting lost. It is easy to navigate while walking within the green walls because all paths lead inward but they also have gaps where you can see the outer walls and entrance. At the center of the maze is an open area where one can relax before finding their way out. Watch my video to see how easy you can get turned around in the maze!

When You Visit

Mounts Botanical Garden is open all year around, except on Palm Beach County holidays. Hours are from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday; and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the entrance. This funds are used to maintain the gardens and to help provide classes, lectures and workshops to the public on gardening.

They do have a website that provides information on events, gardening tips, and general questions a visitor may have about the garden. A great feature is the "Ask a Master Gardener" which provides information on how to grow a garden, and answers questions a person may have on flowers and gardening, and problems they encounter regarding the cultivation of plants and vegetation.

Popular Florida Garden Flowers and Plants

Flower/Plant
Sun or Shade Preference
Height
Annual or Perennial
Cape Daisy
Sun
1 - 2 feet
Annual
Dianthus
Sun
1 - 2 feet
Annual
Torenia
Sun
1 - 2 feet
Annual
Mexican Heather
Sun
2 - 3- feet
Perennial
Pentas
Sun
2 - 3 feet
Perennial
Jewels of Opar
Partial Shade
2 - 3 feet
Perennial

Mounts Botanical Garden Location

A marker531 military trail, west palm beach, fl 33415 -
531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415, USA
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Mounts Botanical Garden is located by the Palm Beach County Airport. If you have some extra time between flights, it is a wonderful place to visit.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hello Fossillady. We were just talking about visiting the garden this week. It does have a beautiful butterfly garden and maze. I hope that you get to visit some day. May spring come quickly to your world. Blessings.

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      Kathi 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      My kind of place, would love to get lost in that maze of greenery and see the butterfly garden. Wishing for spring about this time of year and your garden article makes me miss the green even more! Enjoyed, voted +

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Jainismus, I hope you post your visit to the gardens. I am sure they are beautiful and have flora not see here in our states. Thank you for visiting today.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Interesting. Here in our city there are two Botanical Gardens, I am planing to visit them and take lo of photographs of flora and fauna.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, unknown and fpher, I am happy the tour brightened your day. Hope it lasts all week for each of you! :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Dianna....A lovely way to begin a Sunday morning. Thank you so much for the fascinating tour through this paradise of nature. ....the next best thing to being there........UP+++

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i love it i love it!! this is super beautiful Dianna! thanks for letting us see these lovely place.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hypenbird, I am sorry to hear of the grandfather's illness. I am sure your visit will be comforting to him. The gardens are beautiful and would be a nice place to visit if you happen to be near. Take care and God bless.

      Linda, I love Florida in the winter as the flowers are so beautiful. I hope you get to come visit some again soon. Thank you for your comment. Enjoy your week.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      How gorgeous! Nice to have a bit of springtime in the fall. I haven't been to Florida in years and you've got me thinking another trip is in order. Thanks for the beautiful video and descriptions. Felt like I was there! :)

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is so very beautiful Usually I so not care much for HP videos but you have made me a fan! The gardens are lovely, the architecture amazing and I am in love. We may be visiting Florida soon. My grandson's paternal grandfather lives there and is very ill. We want to visit before his passing and will take time to see some places. I want these gardens on the list.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glimmer, I do feel a little twinge of guilty posting the tropical views of Florida, but glad that they provide some pleasure as well. I hope you all have a warm winter and a safe one too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I'm enjoying your various attractions visits in Florida. They are making me dream of warmer climates even though winter has not even started up here. We would especially love the butterfly garden. Well done and love the video!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, the price to get in is reasonable for such a wonderful garden experience. Thanks for coming by here. Enjoy your day.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Wow! such a beautiful place. The flower is very extra ordinary. I would love to visit this place. The entrance is also affordable.

      Thanks for sharing this information. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peggy,

      If you do ever visit here, please let me know; I would love to join you. It was nice to have your visit. Take care and enjoy your day.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are really getting good with presenting your hubs in various ways including the video at the top. Mounts Botanical Garden looks beautiful. If I ever visit the West Palm Beach area, I will want to go and spend some time there. Thanks for writing about it and sharing your photos. I love visiting beautiful gardens. Many up votes and sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you Rtalloni for taking the tour of the garden. Winter here is best for viewing flowers. I do miss the seasons though.

      Rajan, I am glad you visited the garden. It is a beautiful place. Be at peace!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Mounts Botanical Garden is a visual delight. I'd love to be in such natural surroundings. A beautiful video and lovely picture. Voted up and beautiful.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Your glimpse of the Mounts Botanical Garden is a real treat. Thanks for sharing your get away spot with us in this nicely done hub!

      I miss the "growing season" in Florida, though I do enjoy the changing seasons here. Thanks for a look at the state's beautiful plants. It's chilly here tonight! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Molly, hope you get to visit here some day. When you come be sure to give me a ring. I'll join you! Thanks for coming by.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Teaches, I love these virtual visit hubs. Thank you for taking us with you to such a lovely spot! I don't think I've ever seen that amazing fireworks flower before.

      This hub makes me want to visit Florida (more than I already do!)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Deborah, I think you should write a hub on Florida. It would be nice to hear your perspective on the area. You must have lots to share on living here. I have not been to Panana Beach, but have visited Orlando and Tampa. Both are exciting places to visit. Thanks for coming by and you enjoy your evening.

      Integrity, thanks for your positive presence and support. Take care now.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      Rock on with the writing. I definitely voted up.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Teaches.. good morning.. I loved your hub.. I love /florida.. I use to live first.. I lived in Orlando.. it was so long ago.. they were just building Disney world .lol.... Second... Panama city beach.. OHHHH i had so much fun.. I was young thing.. lol.. third I lived in Tampa Bay.. i had to grow up by then.. but Florida is special to me.. Maybe I should write a hub.? LOl

      great hub my dear

      voted up

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dr BJ, it is a little hidden gem in Palm Beach County. I hope you enjoy the tour, it is very nice to go during the cooler winter months. Thanks for your comment.

      Alicia, I am glad you enjoyed the tour, and thankful for your stop in today. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This looks like a beautiful place to visit, Dianna, and a wonderful place to relax as well. Thank you for the lovely tour and photos.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Dianna, for this beautiful introduction to Mounts Botanical Garden. Located in West Palm Beach, it's just a hoot and a holler away from where I live and I never heard of it before. Will now make it my business to visit one day soon. Promise.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Janine, thanks for your warm and supportive visit. It is truly a haven of rest for us when we take time to tour the gardens. Enjoy your weekend.

      Vellur, I love your thoughts "enshrined in the glory of nature" -- that is it! You take care now.

      Mhatter, sorry to hear about SF flower house. That is a shame. Thanks for stopping by here today, friend.

      Cleaner3, it is a sublime experience here at the garden. We are planning a trip next month to view the Christmas displays. Thanks for your visit and support.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      teaches, very nice hub. love the tour in pictures , sweet place to visit , very calming. mother nature is sublime when we experience her majesty. thank you for experience.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the tour. I'm afraid SF's Flower House has fallen victimto high costs.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      I would love to visit this Botanical Garden. I will definitely go through the maze. The garden, flowers and not forgetting the butterflies are amazing - beauty at it's best. A great review of a wonderful place to visit, enshrined in the glory of nature. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      This place looks amazing and what a beautiful place to visit. Thank you so very much for sharing here with us all and have of course voted up and shared all over, too!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for your visits, Bill and Susan. It is a beautiful place to visit any day of the year here in Florida. Wishing you both a most relaxing, peaceful weekend.

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      susanm23b 4 years ago

      This sounds like such a beautiful place. It's so nice that you are close by. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and descriptions :) Beautiful -- voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You do a great job with your videos, Dianna! Loved the tour and it really looks like a beautiful place to visit. Thank you!

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good evening teaches.

      Wow what a blessing to be able to enjoy your morning devotions like that.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      TeacherJoe, you always catch me off guard when you say good morning -- it's evening here. I love that we can connect no matter what day or time. You have my exact thoughts here as this is why I love to go there. I can't explain how beautiful this place is and how it inspires me to meditate upon and admire the handywork of God. I do not have a gardent at present, only container vegetables and plants. But our flowers alone are something to behold and I love reading my devotions in the morning surrounded by their fragrance. Blessings.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good morning teaches.

      A very beautiful article.

      When you go through the butterfly gardens, do you hold a finger out for a butterfly to land on them caress thier wings? It feels like velvet.

      Have you ever gone in the early morning, closed your eyes and drink in the fragerance from the flowers? Early morning is best.

      Do you have a garden?

      The bubbling stream would be a great place to meditate.

      God bless you.