The Great Garden Round-Up: Exploring lush areas in #ThePalmBeaches

The Palm Beaches are home to glorious gardens – here are some blooming examples you must see

The warm sun, occasional tropical rains and accommodating soil of The Palm Beaches’ make it a perfect spot for plants to flourish and flowers to bloom. It is no wonder beautiful and varied gardens are a part of the culture. Here is a list of wonderful public gardens where you can take a relaxing stroll and take some selfies in all the beauty.  If you do take selfies, post them on your favorite social media with the hashtag #ThePalmBeaches. We might use them on our web site!
 
Ann Norton Sculpture Garden – West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

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Tucked away from the outside world behind tall hedges, this garden displays a breathtaking mix of sculptures and lush landscaping. The sculptures, created over a 15-year span by Ann Norton, create a sense of mystery amid the thick, jungle-like palms and plants.  With more than 250 rare palm species, cycads and unusual tropicals, the garden is recognized as one largest public collections in Florida. The cost for admission is $15 per adult, while children under five years of age are free.
 
The Society of The Four Arts Botanical Garden - Palm Beach, Fla.


Created in 1938 by the Garden Club of Palm Beach, the Botanical Garden serves as a guide for local homeowners building their own tropical gardens. Many visitors come simply to relax in the quiet serenity and release the pressures of daily life. Heavily renovated in the early 2000s with new seating, lighting and irrigation the gardens serve as inspiration for gardeners and as a haven for those who just want to relax.  The gardens are free to the public.
 
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens -Delray Beach, Fla.

 

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Japanese gardens are masterfully designed to immerse the visitor in beauty and serenity, and The Palm Beaches has a world-class example of this high art. Not many people know The Palm Beaches has a 113-year-old connection with Japan. In 1904, a group of young Japanese farmers created an agricultural community near what would become Delray Beach.  The community, called the Yamato Colony, disbanded in the 1920s.  In 1977, the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens opened as a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida, paying homage to those early settlers.  The gardens were designed to be a living exhibit complementing the museum.  Among the seven distinct gardens are the Shinden Garden featuring lakes and islands, Karesansui Late Rock Garden that uses rocks rather than plants as a design focus, and Morikami Falls which combines massive boulders and flowing water to create a breathtaking design. were inspired by famous gardens in Japan. Visitors are invited to relax and take in the wide panorama of water, earth and sky. The cost of admission is $15 per adult, and $9 for children.

Mounts Botanical Gardens of the Palm Beaches – West Palm Beach, Fla.


Developed over nearly 90 years of care and dedication, Mounts Botanical Gardens is designed to entertain and educate the public while fostering a relationship between nature and people. Visitors can wander through rain gardens, a rose and fragrance garden, a children’s maze, and several types of tropical arrangements. A floating garden called Windows on the Floating World will be added in late May of 2017. A donation of $5 is suggested for admission.
 
Pan’s Garden – Palm Beach, Florida


Pan’s Garden is a beautiful botanical garden devoted to preserving Florida’s native plants. The garden takes its name from the bronze statue of Pan of Rohallion that graces the garden’s entrance pool. Highlighted by graceful gumbo limbo trees, endangered Florida rosemary and butterfly orchids in addition to a broad spectrum of other regional flora, Pan’s Garden allows visitors to escape Palm Beach’s business district for a relaxing break. Admission is free.

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