Rochelle WolbergCurator-Director of Mounts Botanical Garden, today announced that longtime horticulturalist Joel Crippen has been named Display Gardens Horticulturalist. 

“A tropical ornamental plant expert and a Master Gardener, Joel Crippen has been an invaluable asset to Mounts Botanical Garden for many years and we look forward to his many positive contributions in his new position as Mounts continues to expand and attract new  visitors,” says Wolberg

Crippen earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both horticulture and landscape management at Oregon State University, and has had an extensive career spanning every aspect of the industry from Oregon to California and Florida. A former horticultural columnist for The Palm Beach Post, he lives in West Palm Beach’s historic Flamingo Park District with his wife and two sons.

About Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County:

With a mission to inspire and educate through nature, Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden, offering gorgeous displays of tropical and sub-tropical plants, plus informative classes, workshops, and other fun-filled events. The Garden contains more than 2,000 species of plants, including Florida native plants, exotic and tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms, bromeliads and more. Two recent additions to Mounts include Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden and the Zen-like Garden of Tranquility. Mounts Botanical Garden is a facility of the Palm Beach County Extension Service, which is in partnership with the University of Florida and Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden. Mounts is located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach.

Mounts Botanical Garden is open daily (except Palm Beach County recognized holidays) from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit