February 12, 2016

Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County

If you’re in or near West Palm Beach, Florida this weekend, try to make a trip to Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County. It is a spectacular place to visit, and through Sunday, February 14th, you can walk through the whimsical and fun “Nature Connects” exhibit by artist, Sean Kenney - 14 larger than life sized sculptures all made using LEGOs building bricks.

Mounts is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden. Located on 14-acres, Mounts displays tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including temperate North American trees, Florida natives, rare fruit trees, aquatics and arid-land plants.

I visited Mounts during my recent trip to Palm Beach and took these photos - enjoy.

February 11, 2016

A Visit to "Villa Fontana" in Palm Beach, Florida

A brief trip south to escape the cold winter can be so invigorating.

Over the weekend, I traveled to sunny Palm Beach, Florida to spend time with friends, and to enjoy the warmer weather. I always try to include as much as I can during my trips, so they are productive, informational and fun. My friend, entertainment banker and entrepreneur, Lisbeth Barron, made sure we had lots to do - we visited gardens, museums, and shops. We also toured the remarkable “Villa Fontana” - the home of Bill Eberhardt, and the late artist and collector, John Eberhardt. John’s passion and talent for painting are featured in every room. It includes trompe l'oeil finishes, and architectural details hand-crafted by John himself, plus European antiques purchased during his many travels. You may recognize his name - John worked as a set designer, and was a pioneer developer of Cherry Grove, Fire Island, New York, where he built another famous residence, “The Belvedere”.

Enjoy these photos - this is the first of several blogs from my recent trip to Palm Beach.

February 10, 2016

Feeding the Wild Birds in Winter

One of the easiest and most beautiful ways to observe and appreciate wildlife is by feeding the wild birds. Setting up a feeder on your property allows you to see avian visitors up close, and to understand the types of birds that frequent your neighborhood.

I have a number of feeders at my farm, and all the birds love to come by and feast on the seed I provide. Feeding the birds is important - it helps to sustain local wild bird populations, especially during the cold, harsh winters and challenging migration periods. I hope these photos inspire you to take a closer look at the birds in your own yard - they are stunning animals. Enjoy…