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cir­cle? Theirs.

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

Meghan McCarthy / Daily News

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...

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