I am a member of Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. One day while visiting I noticed this great succulent arrangement (see below) for sale at the gift shop for a very reasonable price, so I bought it and put it on my patio table where it is thriving. ( It was not blooming when I bought it).
So I decided to go to Mounts Nursery, where I was told this originated. Mounts Botanical Garden (MBG) is open 7 days a week from 10-4, but the Nursery (behind the garden and accessed via a second driveway) is only open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10-3:30.
I was delighted when I finally checked it out today: a lovely selection of plants mainly grown by volunteers from cuttings/seeds obtained at MBG and sold at VERY reasonable prices. The plants were divided on tables into herbs, natives, butterfly plants, etc. Here are just a few of my favs:
Some succulent arrangements for you to buy!
CHOCOLATE MINT! Leaves smelled just like chocolate mint😀
PORTULACA: a particularly pretty color and form
CUPHEA: nectar-rich flowers for butterflies
BLUE PORTERWEED: another nectar source for butterflies
CALENDULA: a flower that has been popular in England since Shakespeare's time
NASTURTIUM: from the Latin "nasal tortus", a twisted nose, due to the plant's pungent taste
Maybe most exciting of all is the Henna shrub. This plant is grown in the secton of Mounts Botanical garden called the Garden of Well-Being . Henna leaves are the source of hair, nail, and skin dye.
Katherine Wagner-Reiss has her botany Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, where she is a volunteer tour guide.