The Palm Beach calendar is entering its seasonal lull as bridge foursomes go their separate directions and golfers tee off for Northern climes. Amid the final flurry of luncheons, teas and galas, two of the area’s most notable green thumbs, The Garden Club of Palm Beach and The Gentlemen of the Garden, celebrated milestones. GCPB marked its 90th Birthday with a composed sunset gathering at the Pannill Pavilion. GOG observed its 27th convergence with a 70s-themed silent auction-dinner-disco dancing benefit at Casa Phippsberger. Both groups share a passion for preserving and maintaining Palm Beach’s unique tropical ambiance.
On March 28, 1928, Susie Phipps’s grandmother Margarita Grace (Mrs. John S.) Phipps hosted the first organizational meeting of The Garden Club of Palm Beach at Casa Bendita, where 90 years later Saturday night’s Gentlemen of the Garden benefit was held in the estate’s remaining six-acre garden that has evolved into Casa Phippsberger, the island’s most sensational private botanical garden.
March 29, 2018 Garden Club of Palm Beach: 1928-2018 Pannill Pavilion – The Society of the Four Arts
Ever since The Garden Club of Palm Beach retained the noted Bennett, Parsons & Frost firm in 1929 to formulate a Plan for The Town of Palm Beach that established a Planning & Zoning Board, the group has been at the forefront of preserving Palm Beach’s environmental aesthetic. Whether its Demonstration Gardens (1938) at The Society of Four Arts or, more recently, funding the design of Worth Avenue’s Living Wall, the landscaping of Wrightsman Park, the dedication of South Ocean Boulevard’s Oasis Circle, or staging its biennial GCA Flower Show, the Garden Club has remained committed to the beautification of Palm Beach.
March 31, 2018 GOG A Go Go Spring Disco Ball Casa Phippsberger – Palm Beach
The Gentlemen of the Garden welcomed more than 250 supporters and guests for dinner and dancing to GOG a Go-Go, its 2018 Spring Disco Ball held at Casa Phippsberger. Guests gathered on an east patio for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and perusing silent auction items before moving along one of the estate’s jungle trails for dinner served in the central courtyard, appearing to have recovered from the summer storm that uprooted many of the island’s plantings. Café Sapori catered the event, superb service and magnificó Italiano. Almost a decade ago, I posted on NYSD a sunlit visit to Garden Grandeur endures at Casa Phippsberger, a look at what remains and the transformation of Casa Bendita, the legendary Phipps estate. During Saturday night’s visit my mind turned the pages of Balzac and Proust with shades of Fellini and a touch of Cirque du Soleil.