United States of America, Florida, Palm Beach, Palm Beach
La Loma (Palm Beach, Florida)
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).
The folder includes worksheets.
Garden featured in John Volk, Palm Beach Architect by Susan St. Aubin Hussey, Lillian Jane Volk, Lory Armstrong Volk and William Dale Waters, 2001
Garden featured in "A Garden for Gatherings" by Kaki Holt, published in Palm Beach Life