A guide for the use of native
plants as garden hedges.
Marlberry (Ardisia escallonioides) It produces berries and fragrant white flowers that bloom all year, and it has shiny, dark green foliage. It thrives in full to moderate sun and is salt, drought and wind tolerant. It likes sandy soil, grows 8-15ft and can be pruned into a beautiful hedge which attracts butterflies and birds
Green Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) & Silver Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus) They are tolerant of extreme exposure to salt spray and moderate to high drought. They have low to moderate nutritional requirements and like full sun. They are great for formal and informal landscapes. Their flowers, leaves and rough bark attract insects which provide food for birds.
Spanish Stopper (Eugenia foetida) It makes a tall, thick clipped hedge, growing 12-20ft high. It has a fibrous root system and is a slow grower. It is drought and salt tolerant and has oval green leaves with yellow underneath. It produces small white flowers in summer and berries in December providing fruit for birds.
An Evolving Masterpiece
Kit Pannill, whose garden is the winner of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s 2020 Lesly S. Smith Landscape Award, has been cultivating her Palm Beach garden for the past 33 years.
Pannill is a five-time winner of the Garden Club of America’s top prize for horticulture entries, The Catherine Beattie Medal.
[Text by Jan Sjostrom, Palm Beach Daily News]
[Photos by Susan Lerner]
The Biennial Preschool Story Time Garden Day Event
The Garden Club of Palm Beach and the Children’s Library of the Society of the Four Arts hosts a biennial Garden Day in the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden.
Members of the Garden Club of Palm Beach took turns reading stories to children and each child left with a Sproutbrite flower starter kit that includes flower seeds, discs for planting seeds in biodegradable pots, silicone saucers, plant markers and a small shovel.
The Demonstration Garden at The Society of the Four Arts
The Garden Club of Palm Beach helped with the landscape and hardscape restoration of the magnificent Chinese Garden of the Demonstration Garden at The Society of Four Arts.