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Mounts plans ‘Windows on the Floating World’ transparent boardwalk


Mounts Botanical Garden plans to build a permanent exhibit, Windows on the Floating World, this fall.

The $500,000 project is described as “a series of see-through walkways and permanent and movable aquatic plants that will allow visitors to feel and connect to the tropical wetlands around them.”

Polly Reed, president of the Friends of Mounts, said the exhibit will include boardwalks, benches and displays to let visitors relax and reflect on ecology and the need to protect fresh water.

Transparent, open-gridded walkways will give visitors the feeling of walking on water. Within those walking areas will be four windows planted with aquatics rotated on a seasonal basis. Waterfalls will flow over natural stone. There’ll be an area for wading birds and a wall covered with bromeliads.

Mounts Botanical Garden, at 531 N. Military Trail, is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $5. For information, call 561-233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org.

— TONY DORIS


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