The Garden Club of Palm Beach hosted a cocktail party preview for its biennial exhibition “From the Ground Up,” a Garden Club of America flower show, welcoming more than 250 guests to the Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery at The Society of the Four Arts. This year’s event introduced several new awards including the William G. Pannill Trophy for photography; the Garden Club of Palm Beach award for best traditional arrangement; and the club’s first award for best native plant named in remembrance of Frances Archbold Hufty.
And while some declared the season kaput weeks ago, the Garden Club’s supporters filled the O’Keeffe Gallery despite April showers, sunburns and seasonal fatigue. Here are some snaps from Friday night’s gathering, a look at The Society of the Four Arts’ recently opened Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building, the latest on the kerfuffle between the Episcopal Church and the Landmarks Commission, and a brief glimpse back when Lillys were in bloom.
12 April 2013 6-8 PM
“From the Ground Up”
Garden Club of Palm Beach Preview Party & Flower Show
The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach
Back to the preview party
The Episcopal Church of Bethesda by-the-Sea
Cluett Memorial Garden Tea House
In January, the Town Council approved the Episcopal Church’s application to enclose and air-condition one of their ancillary structures, the open-air tea house overlooking the fountain in the Cluett Memorial Garden, subject to obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. In a recent 5-2 vote, Landmarks denied the COA application. According to the minutes, members stated updating the tea house would “… affect the historical value of the property negatively.” The Episcopal church has appealed the Landmarks decision and is now scheduled for the May 15 Town Council meeting.
While board members suggest an “invisible” enclosure would be ideal, it is unrealistic. The church would like to utilize this secondary space on a year-round basis; air-conditioning is essential. The Palm Beach season is slightly longer than eight-weeks when the structure was built. According to one of the town’s consultants, the church’s request is no different than what has previously been approved numerous times for the enclosure of residential loggias. In addition, it appears the improvements could be removed, allowing the structure at any time to return to its earlier building form.
Lilly Pulitzer (1931-2013)
In writing about Lilly Pulitzer‘s remarkable life, fashion writer Robert Janjigian declared “… whose colorful Lilly Pulitzer fashions endure as one of the strongest symbols of Palm Beach.” Here are a few photos from Ellen Ordway‘s photograph collection when the Lilly style was in bloom everywhere you looked in Palm Beach.