Palmetto Bay Garden Club plans field trip to Montgomery Botanical Center

The “Palm Walk” at the Montgomery Botanical Center

The “Palm Walk” at the Montgomery Botanical Center

Members of the Palmetto Bay Garden Club will be exploring one of the area’s natural treasures as the club has scheduled a field trip to the Montgomery Botanical Center for Saturday, Jan. 19.

Club president Richard A. Dorn confirmed the details on Dec. 30.

“This botanical garden was established to advance science, education and conservation of tropical plants,” Dorn said. “The garden club will have the opportunity to tour the 120-acre botanical garden, conveniently located at 11901 Old Cutler Rd. Our field trip guide will be Chad Husky, PhD, botanist at the center. This event is open to non garden club members upon reservation.”

Montgomery Botanical Center is a nonprofit botanic garden established in 1959 that specializes in palms and cycads and is involved in advancing botanical research, conserving rare species, and educating the community through workshops, lectures, publications, and tours of its scientific plant collections. It was established by Nell Montgomery Jennings in memory of her husband, Col. Robert H. Montgomery. The Montgomerys are known widely as the founders of Fairchild Tropical Garden.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Palmetto Bay Garden Club is set for Jan. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

“The speaker will be Philip Iloo, master gardener, who will teach us ‘Container Gardening and Hanging Gardens,’” Dorn said. “We invite guests to all of our events which are held at Ludovici Park and Library, Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room and Amphitheater.”

The meeting room is on the second floor and Ludovici Park is located at 17641 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay.

To reserve a place for the field trip or for more information about the garden club, call Richard Dorn at 305-724-3528. To learn more about the Montgomery Botanical Center, visit online at

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