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Volk, John L.  Search this
Former owner:
Thomas, Harry  Search this
Anderson, Harry Loy Jr.  Search this
Crippen, Joel  Search this
Bilton, Patrick  Search this
Garden Club of Palm Beach  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
La Loma (Palm Beach, Florida)
United States of America -- Florida -- Palm Beach -- Palm Beach
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets.
The property is just less than one acre, with a landmarked Mediterranean Revival house designed by Palm Beach architect John Volk (b.1901- d.1984) and built on a man-made hill following a devastating hurricane in the area in 1928. Due to the siting of the house on that hill there is a 15-foot drop between the house and garden. The current owner had the gardens redesigned in 1998, which included significant changes to the hardscape: the main patio and loggia were extended with new retaining walls built, the tennis court was demolished, the swimming pool was relocated and a new lower patio was installed. A fountain that was in the original plans for the site was built on the upper patio, with tiles copied after originals in the house. New plantings also suffered from hurricane damage in 2004 and 2005, with seven coconut palms uprooted and dropped into the swimming pool. Since then the garden has been replanted and features many tropical plants including abundant bougainvillea glabra, bromeliads, jasmine, palms, hibiscus, crotons, and staghorn ferns mounted in gumbo and rain trees.
Garden has been the site of numerous charitable events and has been featured on the 2007 and 2014 Garden Club of Palm Beach's Annual Garden Tour.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thomas (former owners, 1929-1965); Mr. and Mrs. Harry Loy Anderson, Jr. (former owners, 1965-1985); Mr. and Mrs. R. Miller (former owners, 1985-1993); Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fawcetts (former owners, 1995-1997); John Volk (1901-1984) (architect, 1929); Nievera Williams Design (landscape architects, 1998); Joel Crippen (horticulturalist, 2000); Patrick Bilton (horticulturalist, 2001).
Related Materials:
La Loma related holdings consist of 1 folder (14 digital images)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens:
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Gardens -- Florida -- Palm Beach  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File FL251
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Florida
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens