This Mother’s Day, forget sending her flowers.
Instead, spend a day with the mom in your life wandering among the blooms at a South Florida garden off the beaten path.
Mounts Botanical Garden’s Connoisseur’s Garden Tour
In its 10th year, this self-guided tour of gardens at private homes has become a splendid Mother’s Day weekend tradition.
Explore just a few or all eight gardens, situated from Boca Raton to Jupiter. The event is sponsored by — but does not include a tour of — the nonprofit Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.
Highlights include an up-close look at the historic 1922 Lake Worth castle built by architect G. Sherman Childs, who was Boca Raton developer Addison Mizner’s partner.
Garden tour hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11
Tour tickets: $25; purchase tickets in advance or at gardens No. 2-8
Info: Mounts.org/event-registration; 561-233-1757
Secret Woods Nature Center
This 57-acre oasis on the south fork of the New River was Broward County’s first nature center. Its crowning jewel is a natural sandy bank on the river.
On Sundays, naturalists lead free nature walks along the picturesque New River Trail, an elevated boardwalk snaking along the water. Pass through three ecosystems influenced by the river. See the freshwater cypress, maple wetland and Butterfly Island.
Hours: 9 a.m-5 p.m. daily; nature tours 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays and the first Saturday each month
Info: 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach; Broward.org/Parks/SecretWoodsNatureCenter; 954-357-8884
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Check out 100 large-scale works tucked among the 300 species of rare palms at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.
The 2-acre nonprofit property includes the historic home, studio and gardens of sculptress Ann Weaver Norton (widow of Ralph Hubbard Norton, who founded the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach). She lived here until her death in 1982.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 for age 5 and older, free for younger than 5 (50 percent off admission if you mention “half-off ad” on May 11)
Info: 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach; ANSG.org; 561-832-5328Copyright © 2015, South Florida