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Mounts Botanical Gardens Hosts 12th Annual Spring Benefit & Auction
"Enchanted Garden"

Hosts 12th Annual Spring Benefit & Auction Enchanted Garden 

Annual Friend of the Garden Awards Were Presented to
* Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons
* The Esther B. O’Keeffe Foundation
* The Junior League of the Palm Beaches

Photos by Michiko Kurisu

Audrey Norman and Mike Zimmerman

Clare O’Keeffe of the Esther B. Okeefe Foundation, a recipient of the 2010 Friend of the Garden Award from Mounts Botanical Garden

Audrey Norman and Mike Zimmerman

Clare O’Keeffe of the Esther B. Okeefe Foundation, a recipient of the 2010 Friend of the Garden Award from Mounts Botanical Garden


Sarah Macintyre Goldstein, Terri Fekete, Lisa Jaloski, Anne Marie Pilling & Amy Quattlebaum 

Toni Mann, County Commissioner Jeff Koons,

Sarah Macintyre Goldstein, Terri Fekete, Lisa Jaloski,
Anne Marie Pilling & Amy Quattlebaum

Toni Mann, County Commissioner Jeff Koons,
Teresa Stoddard and Leslie Mann

Paton White, David Perkinson and Arlo Prior   Barbara Cook, Kathy Vaughan and  Audrey Norman

Paton White, David Perkinson and Arlo Prior      

Barbara Cook, Kathy Vaughan and  Audrey Norman        


(West Palm Beach, FL - March 18, 2010)  Michael Zimmerman, president of the board of directors of The Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden, welcomed more than 130 supporters at the nonprofit organization’s 12th annual Spring Benefit & Auction.  Under the theme of Enchanted Garden, the event was held at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.

In addition to mouth-dropping, eye-popping “horticultural performance art” by DiVine, a live jazz trio and barefoot fairies, the event also included the awarding of the organization's annual Friend of the Garden Awards to the Esther B. O’Keeffe Foundation, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons. 

Both the O’Keeffe Foundation and the Junior League received a permanent bench in the garden - complete with identifying plaque -- where people can sit and admire the natural beauty around them. In honor of Commissioner Koons, Mounts will soon plant a new tree in the Garden. 

“All three of this year’s award winners have proven to be true friends of Mounts Botanical Garden, and generous in both their time and support,” said Zimmerman. “The Esther B. O’Keefe Foundation has given Mounts more than $200,000 for capital projects in the Garden; the Junior League of the Palm Beaches has repeatedly partnered with us, particularly on programs for children; and not only has he been a strong political and community supporter, but Jeff Koons even comes out occasionally to help us pull weeds.”

Guests at Mounts annual Spring Benefit enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction of beautiful and uncommon plants, garden art, and exciting dining and entertainment packages.

Leslie Mann chaired the organizing committee for the 12th annual Spring Benefit with special help from Barbara Cook, Sarah Macintyre Goldstein, Stormi Bivin, Paton White, Beverly Miller, Kathy Vaughan and Joy Ford Le.

About Mounts Botanical Garden:

Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County's oldest and largest public garden.  Mounts displays tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus, palms and more. As a component of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, and through its affiliation with the University of Florida, Mounts is the place to connect with Extension Horticulturists, Master Gardeners, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, and professional horticultural advisors. Mounts also offers a variety of horticultural classes, and garden-related events and workshops. 

Located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach, Mounts Botanical Garden is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The suggested donation for entry to the Garden is $5 per person. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit



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