The Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden, has announced its first major public event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last March. The always popular Plant-A-Palooza, the annual fall plant sale, returns Nov. 7 and Nov. 8.
“We have reimagined our fall plant sale for today’s new normal,” Mounts Curator Director Rochelle Wolberg said. “Public health and safety are our top priorities. Because we’re adhering to Palm Beach County and CDC requirements and guidelines, the upcoming sale will be held at reduced capacity. We are also requesting that all tickets be purchased in advance through www.mounts.org.”
Sponsored by the Palm Beach chapter of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, the fall plant sale will feature more than 30 vendors, offering a wide range of plants, shrubs, trees, garden furniture, accessories, baskets and fine crafts, all spread throughout the garden. Visitors can stroll and shop in a socially distanced, relaxed environment, while looking for bonsai, bamboo, bromeliads, butterfly plants, citrus, ferns, Florida natives, flowering trees, ginger, heliconia, orchids, pitcher plants, plumeria, roses, succulents, vines and more.
“The Mounts Nursery and Vintage Thrift Shop will also be open with a great variety of plants and unique treasures for the home and garden,” Wolberg said.
Masks will be mandatory, and social distancing will be enforced. Hand sanitizing stations will be available. There will be no carryout assistance. Visitors should bring their own wagon or cart. There will be no food vendors. Water will be available for purchase.
The sale will take place Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Mounts members’ preview from 8 to 9 a.m. The sale will continue Sunday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entrance/exit will be located at Gate 2 only in the DMV parking lot. Event parking is in the DMV lot and the Mounts front entrance lot.
Admission is free for Mounts members starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday only. A current membership card is required. Advance admission for nonmembers is $10 (general/ages 13 and up) and $5 for children 5 to 12. Gate admission is by credit card only at $12 and $5.
With a mission to inspire and educate through nature, Mounts is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden. Visitors to this 14-acre tropical oasis will see an acclaimed collection of 25 unique garden areas containing more than 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants. Mounts is located at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.mounts.org.