Mounts Botanical Garden to Host 28 Horticultural Classes and Events in April


Watercolor at the Garden  April 4, 11,18, 25

Beginning Watercolor with Carl Stoveland April 4, 11, 18, 25 

+ Qi Gong Classes  April 5, 12, 19, 26

+ Members Only Morning Walks  April 5, 12, 19, 26

Tai Chi at Mounts  April 7, 14, 21, 28

Palm Beach County Residents Day  April 8

+ Dogs Day in the Garden  April 9

+ National Orchid Day Garden Tour  April 14

Heart Opening Cacao Ceremony  April 16, 23

+ Palm Identification Walks  April 19, 26

Spring Plant Sale  April 29-20

(West Palm Beach, FL – March 9, 2023) Now that Spring is beautifully abloom, Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting 28 fun-in-the-sun workshops, classes, and special eventsin April.

“This is the perfect time for people of all ages tocome out and enjoy many of the happy and healthy horticultural events at our beautiful 20-acre oasis, located just minutes from downtown West Palm Beach,” invites Mounts Curator-Director Rochelle Wolberg.

April 4, 11, 18, 25

Watercolor at the Garden

With Carl Stoveland  

Tuesdays, 10 am tNoon
20 for members; $25 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission). Classes are nonrefundable.
Registration i
s required; class size is limited to 15 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 Stoveland. The purpose of the walk is to inspire participants and give them 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 students in choosing a subject and getting started on a watercolor.

To register, please visit

April 4, 11, 18, 25

Beginner Watercolor

with Carl Stoveland

Thursdays, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
20 for members; $25 fornonmember(includes full Gardenadmission). Classes are nonrefundable.
istration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults. 

If you have always wanted to try watercolor but been overwhelmed by it then 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

April 5, 12, 19, 26

Qi Gong

with Roxanne Cumberland

Wednesdays, 10 am to 11 am

$10 for members; $18 for nonmember(includes full Garden admission). Classes are nonrefundable.

Registration is required; size of insideclasses 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, andfocused breathing—similar to Tai Chi but less structured.

To register, please visit

April 5, 12,19, 26

Wednesday Member’s Only Morning Walks 

with April Krebs

Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 9:30 am

$5 for members.

Registration is required; all classes are non-refundable; tour size is limited to 15 adults.

Join us on these early morning Garden walks to reconnect and recharge with nature. Walk for fitness and for fun, stopping along the way to enjoy the early morning quiet. Experience the beauty of the Garden before the crowds arrive.Mounts Special Projects Manager and gardenlover April Krebs will have a different subject to focus on each week noting the various horticultural changes.

To register, please visit

April 7, 14, 21, 28

Tai Chi at Mounts

with Josefina McMahon

Fridays, 10 am to 11 am

$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission) Classes are nonrefundable.
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 andencourage the flow of the internal energy, the “chi”. When the “chi” flows throughout the body, one experiences over-all health, rejuvenation, and internal joy. 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. 

To register, please visit

April 8

Palm Beach County Residents Day

Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm (last entry at 3 pm)

Palm Beach County residents receive reducedadmission of $5 per person (children 17 and under FREE) on the second Saturday of each month. Visitors must show proof of residency for reduced-fee entry. The $5 admission will go directly to support children’s programming at Mounts Botanical Garden.

Note: Admission for non-residents is $15 for nonmember adults; $12 for seniors 65+, college students, and military with ID; $7 for ages 6-17.

April 9

Dogs Day ithe Garden

Sunday, 9 am t4 pm (last entry at 3 pm)

FREE for MBG members and children under 6$15 fononmember adults; $15 for seniors65+college students, and military with ID; $7for children 617. Ticket includes full Garden admission.

This dog-and-family-friendly monthly event is held throughout the Garden. Bring your favorite poochand enjoy a relaxed garden stroll. There are manygreat spots to capture family photos for postingonline with #mountsbotanicalgarden.


+ 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

April 14

Year of the Orchid Event:

In Honor of National Orchid Day

Tour the Mounts Botanical Garden Orchid Collection

with Mike Sands

Friday, 10 am to 11:30 am

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

Registration is required; class size is limitedto 15 adults; this tour is non-refundable

In honor of National Orchid Day 2023, join Mike Sands, President of the Tropical Orchid Society,as he conducts a tour of the beautiful Orchids growing in the canopy and on the ground at Mounts Botanical Garden. He will discuss fascinating facts and about the orchids encountered along the way. Immerse yourself in the loveliness of the Garden and discover some hidden gems.

To register, please visit

April 16, 23

Heart Opening Cacao Ceremony + Sound Healing + Yoga Nidra

with Casa Rituals

Sundays, 10 am to 11:30 am

$25 for members; $35 for nonmembers(includes full Garden admission).

Registration is required; class size is limitedto 30 adults; all classes are nonrefundable.

Upon arrival participants will receive a ceremonial smudging and blessing, helping to release any burdens from day-to day life. They will then be given a cup of the highest quality Ceremonial Cacao to take part in the sacred heart-opening Cacao Ceremony. The Cacao works to relaxparticipants, open the heart chakra, and help them to be receptive to the healing they will experience. Finally, attendees will relax into Yoga Nidra mediation and deep sound healing during which they will be immersed in the healing energies of the Gong, Crystal singing bowls and other high-frequency instruments.

Notes: Please bring a yoga mat and blanket. Also, please no alcohol on the day of the ceremony and caffeine three hours before and after the event.

To register, please visit

April 19, 26

Palm Identification Walks

with Katherine Wagner-Reiss

Wednesdays, 10 am to 11:30 pm

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

Registration is required; class size limited to 15 adults; all classes are nonrefundable.

• Neighborhood Palm ID (April 19)

Learn how to identify the common palms of South Florida, those most often used in landscaping. Katherine Wagner-Reiss will demonstrate easy ways to distinguish one palm from another, as the group encounters these palms on a walk through Mounts Botanical Garden. By the end of this class, participants will have the skills to name many of the palms commonly found in South Florida, including  Bismark, bottle, Chinese fan, Christmas, coconut, European fan, fishtail, foxtail, lady, Montgomery, pygmy date, solitaire, and spindle palms. 

• Florida Native Palm ID (April 26)

Florida is home to 12 native palms, 11 of which are grown at Mounts Botanical Garden. Some are common, such as the royal palm, the saw palmetto, the everglades palm, the Florida thatchpalm, the state tree the cabbage palm, and its diminutive relative the dwarf palmetto. Some are less commonly planted, such as the needle, the Key thatch, the Florida silver, the buccaneer, the scrub palmetto, and the Miami palmetto. During the walk, Wagner-Reiss will point out the distinguishing identifying features of each. Native Palm, while building on the key identification methods presented the previous week, although each can be appreciated as stand-alone events.

Note: For both Palm Identification Walks, the The Ultimate Guide to the Common Palms of the Southeast by Alan Meerow is highly recommended as it will be used as part of the learning process. Copies are available for sale online or through Mounts Botanical Garden for $9.95. You can reserve your copy by contacting April at 561.233.1775 or by

To register, please visit

April 29-30

Spring Plant Sale

Saturday: members-only preview 8:00 am to 9:00 am; open to the public 9 am to 4 pm (last entry 3:30 pm)

Sunday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (last entry a 2:30 pm) 

FREE for Mounts members; $15 nonmembers(adults); $12 (seniors 65+, college students and military with ID); $7 (ages 6-17); free for children under 6 and AHS Reciprocal Admission Program membersTickets are non-refundable. Admissions is by credit/debit card ONLY; no cash.

Whether one is an avid gardener or a budding beginner, the Mounts Spring Plant Sale offers something for everyone. Shop for a wide variety of ornamentals, orchids, succulents, aroids, cactus, bonsai, butterfly/native plants, hoyas, shrubs, fruit & flowering trees, herbs, garden accessories, and much more, from dozens of high-quality growers, including stunning displays from high quality growers from throughout Florida. The Mounts Botanical Garden Nursery and Garden Thrift Shop will also be open with a great selection of plants and unique treasures for home and garden.

To purchase tickets in advance, please visit

Special Exhibition at MountThrough 2023

Patrick DoughertyStickwork

Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 am to 4 pm (last entry at 3 pm)

FREE for MBG members and children under 6$15 fononmember adults; $12 for seniors65+collegstudents, and military with ID; $7for children 617. Ticket includes full Garden admission.

Internationally acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty recently returned to Mounts toconstruct the final large-scale Stickworkinstallation of his illustrious art career using 30,000 pounds of live willow branches.

Mounts Botanical Garden & Bloomberg Connects

Explore Anytime, Anywhere with New Mobile Garden Guide

Visitors can now explore Mounts BotanicalGarden anytime from anywhere across the globe with the new Mobile Garden Guide. Recently launched in partnership with Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and cultural app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the guide is designed to elevate and enrich the visitor experience by making it easy to discover more of what people love before, during, and after theirvisit to the Garden. Multi-media content includes maps and information on Mounts Botanical’s 25 display gardens, art in the garden, and current and upcoming exhibitions, as well as an ever-growing spectrum of new photo, audio, and video content available exclusively via the app. To learn more and download the app, visit []

About Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County:

With a mission to inspire and educate through nature, Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm BeachCounty’s oldest and largest botanical garden. Visitors to this 20-acre tropical oasis willsee an acclaimed collection of 25 unique gardenareas containing more than 7,000 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 MountsBotanical Garden. This project is sponsored in part by The Board of County Commissioners, theTourist Development Council, and the CulturalCouncil for Palm Beach County. Mounts Botanicalis located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, please visit