Secret Garden: Pan’s Garden at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

Pan's Garden at the Preservation Foundation of Palm BeachPan’s Garden, part of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach (561-832-0731) , is mere yards from the bustle of Worth Avenue but feels like an ancient Eden. Established in 1994, it is home to more than 300 species of native flora divided between upland and wetland areas that span about half an acre. “I think it’s a great use of a small space, and it really highlights how natives can be used in a more traditional sense,” says gardens director Daniele Garson. The garden also houses two works of art: the Casa Apava wall and a statue of Pan of Rohallion, from which the garden gets its name. The colorful wall, originally on an estate on South Ocean Boulevard, dates back to the 1920s and weighs more than 100 tons. The statue of Pan, the god of shepherds, was designed in 1890 by Frederick MacMonnies and sits in a place of honor at the entrance. Throughout the year, the Preservation Foundation hosts classes on everything from butterfly gardening to ethnobotany—the study of the relationship between people and plants—all of which are open to the public.

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