We took a stroll through the 14-acres of beauty at the largest and oldest botanical garden in the Palm Beaches to give you a list of the plants you just can’t miss. Hurry, the blooms won’t last very long.
Of course, the royalty flower comes first: The Pride of Burma is one of the most beautiful tropical orchid trees. Her trunk is modest and petite. According to the Mounts Botanical Garden, “The Queen of Flowers” has only been collected from the wild a couple of times, in the forests of Burma in Southeast Asia.
This tree is one that definitely stands out. You have to look for it though as it is hidden behind the Tropical Forest on the southeast side of the garden. Get off the path and explore until you find the tall pink tree. These make perfect small-space trees.
By far my favorite at the garden. It looks like it belongs in an ‘Avatar’ movie. It has an oddly, fat-shaped trunk with funky looking flowers. These can be red or white and they do look like a vintage shaving brush. The tree originates from southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Generally it grows 20 to 40 feet. Sometimes it can grow up to 60 feet.
This medium-sized plant is not flashy, in your face, but it’s very pretty and rare. This evergreen can mature from a large shrub to a small tree. When I found it, it had many bees feeding from it. The flowers are nice and modest with red bracts with yellow flowers. It can grow 6 to 12 feet tall. It’s mostly clean and elegant.
Don’t let her name scare you. These elongated fuchsia flowers are stunning. You can find these exotic flowers at the Garden of Extreme, wrapping around a bigger tree. These are ideal to have wrapping around your fence or decorating other trees, except you can’t find these easily.
When I saw this tree with these pretty white flowers I thought I was walking up to a wedding reception. They aren’t just elegant, but they also smell like a wedding day. Like any bride, the Milky Way wants to be seen. Look out in the Eigelberger Border Garden and walk through the greens to find this attention-grabbing tree.
If you go:
What: Mounts Botanical Garden
When: Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last entry at 3:30 p.m.
Where: 531 North Military TrailWest Palm Beach, Fl 33415
Admission: Donation suggested of $5 per person.
Contact: 561- 233-1757
For a list of events at the garden, click here.