|Palm Beach garden hosts Mounts Botanical benefit
By Augustus Mayhew
The Mounts Botanical Garden’s 13th Annual Spring Benefit was held at a landmarked South End estate Sunday night. Merrilyn Bardes, the evening’s host, was the honorary chairperson. Polly Reed and Jean Matthews were co-chairpersons for the tropical gala with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The loggias and terraces of the Volk & Maass designed house overlook the beautiful garden that includes a Golden Rain Tree and Banyan among its landscape wonders. Here are some snaps of the event and the historic house, believed to be first known as La Loma, “The Hill,” then later, Casa Alto y Seco, “House of High and Dry,” when it was owned by H. Loy and Therese Anderson, followed by a ramble around the Mounts Botanical Garden located in West Palm Beach.
|Patsy Pulitzer Preston. What a pleasure meeting Patsy; we had spoken on the telephone but had never met.|
|Maurice Amiel and Cynthia Van Buren.|
|The colored-glass windows are almost prismatic, reflecting an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colors.|
|Clare O’Keeffe.||Iris Austin.|
|Kathy Vaughan.||Heather Braddock and Katie Fallon.|
|Multi-colored sprays of bougainvillea catch the sun.|
|A range of auction items were available.|
|An iron grille window cover.||A Mizneresque lantern illuminates the loggia.||Animal motifs highlight the walls and tabletops.|
|Mounts Botanical Garden
531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach
Mounts Botanical Garden promotes and celebrates gardening. It offers professional horticultural advisors and a variety of horticultural classes, garden-related events and workshops as a component of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and affiliation with the University of Florida.
|All the demonstration gardens are accessible.|
|The Mounts celebrates the pleasure of gardening.|
|These towering trees were once one of Palm Beach’s main attractions.
|Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.|