Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Gerald Lombardo
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The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens comprise the former residence of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905 -1982), the widow of Ralph Hubbard Norton. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the two-acre property, featuring a collection of 250 species of tropical palms, lies near downtown West Palm Beach on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Displayed throughout the house, studio and gardens are more than 100 works by the artist, including nine monumental sculptures, eight in brick and one in granite. The Gardens were designed by Ann Norton and Sir Peter Smithers. The largest tract of garden containing the great brick sculptures is designed in a natural, unmanicured style. The experience of coming across Norton’s mysterious monoliths as surprises in their lush green jungle-like setting is akin to discovering another world.

The Gardens

Ann Norton’s monumental, silent, mysterious sculptures built in situ over a period of 15 years were intended to be discovered as surprises amidst the dense, jungle-like vegetation. The Gardens, designed by world-renowned botanist Sir Peter Smithers as a rare palm garden, represent Ann’s commitment to conservation and the preservation of a quiet retreat in the midst of a burgeoning city.

An Evening with Iris Apfel

Tonight, December 14, you can visit the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens for a night of fashion with Iris Apfel.

Iris Barrel Apfel is the co-founder of Old-World Weavers, an international textile manufacturing company specializing in reproducing antique fabrics. In 2005, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art staged Rara Avis, a blockbuster exhibition of her clothing and accessories, making her the first living woman who was not a fashion designer to be so honored. Since then she been featured in numerous publications and has collaborated with and been the face of an ever-growing list of brands and retailers worldwide.

For more information please click here or call Margaret Horgan at 561-832-5328.


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