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Nature classes heat up at Mounts Botanical Garden

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Okinawan Spinach, one of the plants that love the Florida summer heat.

Photo by Mount Botanical Garden

Mounts Botanical Garden will hold nature events hosted by the Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden throughout July.

Mounts’ 25 garden areas are home to more than 6,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, tropical fruit trees and cacti. Palm Beach County’s largest botanical garden spans 16 acres.

Nada Virgili will teach “Can You Stand the Heat? Plants That Love Florida Summers” on July 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The class, about plants that thrive in hot Florida temperatures, particularly tropical vegetables, costs $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The monthly “Dogs’ Day in the Garden” will take place July 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dog owners are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends. No more than one dog per person, and each dog must be on a leash and vaccinated for rabies. For further guidelines, visit

Megan Kelley is hosting Regenerative Gardening at the Tropics. Photo by Megan Kelley.

“Regenerative Gardening at the Tropics” is a four-session series led by Megan Kelley. This eco-friendly immersive experience will involve one in-person meet-up from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mounts Botanical on July 23 and online Zoom classes July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10. Topics include an introduction to permaculture, the tropical food forest garden, regenerative soil building and holistic garden care. The package costs $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers.

Joanna Diamond of Bee Culture, Photo by Joanna Diamond

On July 30, Mounts Botanical will hold “Bee Culture: The Amazing Adventures of Bees & Beekeeping” from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will watch a live bee removal and learn why bees swarm. Other topics include how to become a beekeeper, how to save the bees and how bees make honey. A honey tasting and refreshments will be provided, and honey will be for sale. The event costs $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

All events include full garden admission. Most require advance registration, which is available at Mounts Botanical is at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach.


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