Polly Reed, president of the Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, has announced that avid gardener and community volunteer Carol S. “Sandy” Smith has joined the nonprofit organization’s board of directors.
A former schoolteacher and entrepreneur, Smith was the owner of Bubble and Bites, a local wine and cheese shop, for five years before joining Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast in 1992, where she served for many years as vice president of development. Smith also has served on the boards of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, the Dreher Park Zoo, the South Florida Science Museum, the Palm Beach Sailing Club and SunFest.
“Upon my retirement, I immediately enrolled in the Mounts’ Master Gardening program, enabling me to return to a passion I learned from my father, gardening,” said Smith, who has been active for several years on the PR Committee for Mounts Botanical Garden.
“With her extensive background of service on the boards of several local nonprofit organizations and her strong personal interest in gardening, Sandy Smith will definitely be a major asset to Mounts Botanical Garden,” Reed said.
Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden. Mounts displays tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus, palms and more. As a component of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, and through its affiliation with the University of Florida IFAS, Mounts is the place to connect with Extension Horticulturists, Master Gardeners, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, and professional horticultural advisors. Mounts also offers a variety of horticultural classes, and garden-related events and workshops.
Located at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach, Mounts Botanical Garden is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The suggested donation for entry to the garden is $5 per person. For more information, call (561) 233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org.
Above: Sandy Smith