United States of America, Florida, Palm Beach, Palm Beach
Quinta Marina (Palm Beach, Florida)
The gardens at Quinta Marina have been edited by the current owners, so fewer bright colors and dense clusters of plants compete with the landmarked architecture of the house, in the Spanish Baroque style with Moorish influence. There are stately palms and a mature banyan tree, a sea grape and a dracaena marginata at precarious angles blown over by storms, smaller palm varieties and bromeliads planted in containers and lush green lawns within the five-foot tall stucco walls that surround the approximately three-quarter acre property. The understory is comprised of many varieties of tropical plants, including crotons, begonias, white birds-of-paradise, and ginger. Varieties of ficus cover walls and are used to edge beds. Several orchids and bromeliads have been mounted on the trunks of mature trees, some of which are draped with Spanish moss. A tiled wall fountain feeds into a lily pond and long reflecting pool inspired by a rill in an Alhambra garden in Granada, Spain. A pair of large bright blue pots frames the view of this fountain but the owner changed other pots to terra cotta so they would not compete with the architecture. There is another tiled fountain in the coquina stone courtyard and a terra cotta wall fountain near the swimming pool.
Quinta Marina was designed in 1924 by Harold H. Martin (1879-1952) and was the only house in Palm Beach designed by the California architect. A decade later Palm Beach architect Marion Sims Wyeth (1889-1982) changed windows. The house was given landmark status in 1991.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Woodhouse (former owners, 1924-circa 1960); Mrs. Paul A. Mason (former owner, 1963-1991); G.A. Seelbinder and Cathleen Hammer (former owners, 1992-1997); James H. Clark (former owner, 1998-2003); Harold H. Martin (1879-1952) (architect, 1924); Marion Sims Wyeth (1889-1982) (architect, 1934); Mario Nievera (landscape architect, 1997-2000, 2004); Morgan Wheelock (landscape architect, 2012-2013).
The folders includes worksheets.
Garden featured in Landmark Architecture of Palm Beach by Barbara D. Hoffstot, 1991
Garden featured in Palm Beach County: An Illustrated History by Donald Walter Curl, 1986
Garden featured in Palm Beach Villas published by the Preservation Society of Palm Beach, date unknown
Garden featured in Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms by John J.G. Blumenson, published by the American Association for State and Local History, date unknown
Garden featured in "Following Spanish Tradition in Palm Beach" by Howard Major, published in Palm Beach Post, January 15, 1928