When was the last night you visited the Ann Norton Sculpture Gallery?
Maybe it was in December, for the Festival of Trees. Maybe it’s been years. Maybe – don’t even say it – you’ve never been.
The Gardens Conservancy has been working hard to bring awareness and activity to this tucked-away treasure just over the bridge. Named for famed sculptor Ann Weaver Norton, it’s one of only a handful of locations in the U.S. where an artist’s home, studio and garden have been preserved as one entity.
There’s lots of activity on the property throughout the spring:
- On April 1, Jack Staub will debut his lush new book, Private Gardens of South Florida, at a cocktail reception hosted by the Conservancy.
- Through Sunday, May 15, ANSG will host “Art in the Family Tree,” an exhibit featuring diverse works from artists in the Phipps and Guest families (including Susie Phipps Cochran, Rafe Cochran, Hubert Phipps, Michael Phipps and Diana Guest). The eclectic array includes sculptures, paintings and furniture.
- On May 16, more than 400 Palm Beach County students will visit the property to learn about soil, water, weather, bees, and other elements critical to a healthy garden, and afterward enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Whole Foods.
The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist’s studio are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual Gardens Conservancy membership is available at several levels, starting at $500. For information, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.