1 When one enters this garden, open free to the public, one is greeted with this tablet of dos and don'ts.
2 The garden is maintained by the Garden Club of Palm Beach, and I was so pleased with the signage carefully identifying most of the plant material.
3 The Chinese Garden is wonderfully planted and maintained. The paved paths wind through the area, and the walls are embellished with statuary and Chinese tiles.
4 Embedded in the walls are legends, such as this one about the goddess of Mercy.
5 Notice the teal green Chinese wall tiles behind this stone sculpture.
6 Mrs. Woodhouse established the Chinese garden in memory of her daughter.
7 There are wonderful plantings inside the Chinese walls— begonias, ferns, camellias, cut leaf maple trees, and astilboides.
8 A royal-blue tile roof covers and protects another charming stone sculpture of Buddha.
9 A self explanatory tablet in the garden.
10 A shady area in the garden with a huge stone semicircular bench on which to sit and rest or think.
11 The tropical garden is full of cycads, stag horn ferns, palms, and bromeliads.
12 This is the lovely fountain garden, a formal parterre like planting.
13 One of the many statuesque trees in the garden. These trees escaped devastation during the bad hurricanes. In the gardens are tropical shade plants like alocasias and philodendrum.
14 I was very impressed with this gigantic alocasia.
15 Many of the paths are paved with irregular pieces of coral stone.
16 There are many monumental bonsai planters in the garden.
17 Epiphitic roots in this giant tree hang down almost to the ground. They must always be trimmed.
18 A broken sign on the ground that was the identifying tag of a very interesting plant kigelia.
19 More wonderful paving using coral stone.
20 Notice the rectangular leaves of this fern frond.
21 Small but important water features accent the gardens.
22 Many unusual palms punctuate the gardens adding height, shade, and coolness.
23 Beautiful antique garden ornamentation adds more interest to the garden.
24 One of the entrances to the Chinese Garden.
25 This is the moon gate.
26 A reflection of me and my friend Lis Barron in an engraved plaque—the names of the garden patrons.
27 One of the majestic palms in the garden.
28 Another beautiful fountain accented with a sculpture.
29 The Lattice House where talks, parties and lectures are held.
30 A glimpse inside this useful, elegant building.
31 There are some plantings inside, but most of the space is kept for audiences.
32 The creator of one of many impressive sculptures in the garden.
33 FDR and Winston Churchill—don't they look comfortable chatting in the garden?