Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Palm Beach Social Diary: North End estate hosts Mounts Botanical benefit

On one of the Palm Beach season's warmest late Sunday afternoons, the Mounts Botanical Garden welcomed a momentous number of guests to its annual spring benefit held at a North End waterfront estate.
North End estate hosts Mounts Botanical Garden benefit
By Augustus Mayhew

However much the Mounts Botanical Garden's annual benefit is regarded as one of the last events of the Palm Beach seasonal calendar, more than 300 guests attended the area's oldest and largest public garden's most successful fundraiser in its 25 year history. Linda and Keith Beaty hosted the party at their spectacular waterfront home secluded with towering hardwoods, sheltering palms, vibrant roses, sways of bamboo, spills of bougainvilleas, and a kaleidoscope of orchids.

Cafe Coconut Catering provided an array of appetizing hors d'oeuvres including savory lamb chops and delicious parmesan toast.
"Foremost, thanks to Linda and Keith for sharing their private paradise with our supporters," said Polly Reed, president of the organization's board of directors, "and a special thanks to Margaret Blume for her generosity that assures the new tropical wetland will be established at The Mounts Botanical Garden. Also, there was recognition for the event's major sponsors including Mr. & Mrs. William Matthews, The Robert Lee and Thomas Chastain Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel B. Day, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Furlaud, Mr. & Mrs. John J. McAtee Jr., Ms. Diana Barrett & Mr. Robert Vila, Mrs. Philip Hulitar, Mr. & Mrs. John E. Pew, and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Whitesell.

The Mounts Botanical Garden offers year-round programs providing the most in-depth horticultural and botanical information available relating to South Florida's unique plants and environment. Mounts displays tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruits, herbs, citrus trees, and palms. As a component of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, and through its affiliation with the University of Florida, Mounts is the place to connect with Extension Horticulturists, Master Gardeners, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, and professional horticultural advisors, as well as a place of great beauty to enjoy year round — Mounts Botanical Garden.
Polly Reed, president of the Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden board of directors. The organization's directors include: Sharon Bothwell, Michael Brown, Thomas A. Dye, Robert Eigelberger, Chad Husby, Teri Jabour, Phil Maddux, Leslie Mann, Beverly Myers, Jane Ellen Nugent, Jeffrey Phipps Sr., Connie Roy-Fischer, Molly Sims, Sandy Smith, Paton White, and Michael Zimmerman, past board president.
From the main house's entrance, a view down the drive where guests arrived for the party.
Guests were greeted with trays of refreshments.
Connie Geisler.
After passing through the Center Hall, guests made their way to the waterfront patio and terrace where Café Cocoanut Catering kept the grills aflame.
Linda Beaty, center, with Debbie and Geoff Coolidge.
Keith Beaty.
Proceeds from the benefit will facilitate the construction of Windows on the Floating World, a tropical wetlands designed by the Boston artists Mags Harries and Lajos Heder.
Between the pool and the lakefront, tables were lined with silent auction items.
Some of the auction items were priceless.
Anne Carmichael, Thomas Schoch, and Sally Marks.
John and Anne Surovek.
Held at season's end, the Mounts garden party is a relaxed affair.
Carole Martin.
John Dotterrer.
Patt and Bill Sned.
Jennifer Garrigues.
Seph and Barbie Huber.
Joe Tully and Ben Fink.
Diana Holt.
Holly Breeden and Bill Dunphy brought their guests to the event.
Susan Stautberg.
Décor, detail.
David Miller and Ray Wakefield.
The yacht Unbridled passed by, described as "one of the best 60-meter yachts currently on the market," according to the Camper & Nicholsons brochure.
A view of the outstanding hardwood tree at the estate's entrance.
Beneath the limbs of the towering tree, orchids await the filtered morning sun.
Along the property's northeast side, a rose garden features some notable blooms.
The rose garden, right, positioned for morning sun.
Birds of paradise make for a center hall arrangement.
Attached to the main house's northwest corner, the orchidarium is filled.
A variety of orchids were ready to bloom and blooming.
Vandas hang on the property's sunnier east side.
Orchidarium, west elevation and exterior entrance door.
Steps from the orchidarium on the property's north side, a tree trunk makes room for an abundant collection of bromeliads.
Bromeliads abloom in the water garden along the sunny northern lakefront.
The water garden features a stone pond.
Coconut palms line the lakefront; a bamboo glade placed on the property's south side.
Leslie and Skip Randolph.
Jane Woodman and Peggy Trethewey.
Anne and Charlie Pepper.
Paul Harding.
Garden bench, overlooking the lakefront.
The silent auction offered stunning specimen plants.
This inviting potted cactus was among the auction offerings.
Ari Zimmerman and Alexa Reisner.
A view from the loggia looking southwest to the lakefront.
From the west terrace, a view toward the loggia and south across the pool to the cluster of bamboo.
Situated near the inlet, the property affords views of cruise ships coming and going through the inlet to the Port of Palm Beach. The stand of coconut palms provides privacy and shelter from the direct afternoon sun.
At sunset, the Celebration moves in the direction of the inlet.
The ship passes; the party continues.
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Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Lost in Wonderland – Reflections on Palm Beach.