The Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden recently hosted the official groundbreaking for Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden.
The new garden will feature a series of see-through walkways and permanent and changing aquatic plant displays that will allow visitors to connect to the tropical wetlands around them.
“The immersive installation of Windows on the Floating World will reveal a full spectrum of the Blume Tropical Wetland Garden at Mounts,” says Ron Rice, Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension director. “Boardwalks, benches and displays constructed over and around the wetlands will allow visitors to relax, reflect and learn about ecology and our critical need to conserve and protect fresh water.”
Expected to open in Spring 2017, Windows on the Floating World will feature transparent, open-gridded, 4-foot wide walkways on the surface of the wetlands to give visitors the feeling of walking on water. Within these walks are four “windows” that will be planted with aquatics and changed out with rotating and seasonal botanical exhibits growing from submerged containers.
Other highlights will include waterfalls flowing over natural stone, an area for wading birds and a wall covered with Bromeliads, offering some of the best foliage colors in the plant kingdom.
Mounts is at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach.
Pictured above: From left, Hedrick Brothers Construction Vice President Jack Ullrich, Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick, Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Director Ron Rice, Dr. Robert Blume, Margaret Blume, Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden President Sandy Smith and Bachelor Foundation Co-CEO Dan Ferraresi officially break ground at Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County’s new garden, “Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden.” Photo courtesy of Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County