Mounts Botanical Garden
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|Mounts Botanical Garden|
Pseudobombax ellipticum in the Mounts Botanical Garden
|Location||531 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Area||14 acres (5.7 ha)|
|Owned by||Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service|
Mounts Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is Palm Beach County's oldest and largest public garden with over 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants from six continents, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus, palms and more palms. Mounts is a component of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and is affiliated with the University of Florida.
Mounts Botanical Garden was named in honor of Cooperative Extension Agent Marvin "Red" Mounts, who served for 40 years. Initially, the 3.5-acre (1.4 ha) County site was used for pasturing 4-H horses. The Mounts Building immediately east of the Garden was built in 1954, and planting began soon after. Tropical fruit trees were planted in order to learn how to best raise them in South Florida, as a way to produce new food resources that could help families overcome vitamin deficiency. By 1964 there were 69 fruit producing trees. Today the garden extends over 14 acres (5.7 ha).
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