The Living Wall on Saks’ west facade? Theirs.
The trees in Bradley Park? Them.
The billboard-free roadways? Them.
Mrs. Frederick Guest is the woman who, in 1928, looked around her winter paradise and thought, “Hmm, somebody’s going to mess this up,” and gathered 14 like-minded friends to form a garden club.
But it wouldn’t be about gardens only; the entire beautiful town needed to be protected from unrestrained development.
So the members elected Mrs. George A. McKinlock their first president, commissioned a longrange town plan and got to work.
No Rich Wives Club here. From the earliest days, members personally planted palms along Royal Palm Way, replanted the Lake Trail after severe hurricane damage, addressed the problems posed by the proliferation of billboards and advocated for more green spaces within the town.
Wherever in town there is a small park or bosky hideaway, the Garden Club is at least partially responsible.
But the central gem of the group’s emerald necklace is the garden space at The Society of The Four Arts, which has been under the group’s watchful eye for almost 80 years.
According to the club’s official history:
“In 1938, club members saw the need for demonstration gardens to serve as a guide to planting in
Peggy Moore, left, and Alison Sieving condition flowers for the Jeff Leatham lecture and floral design demonstration at The Society of the Four Arts on Wednesday. Members of the Garden Club of Palm Beach are preparing for the “L’Orangerie” Garden Club...