6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Palm Beach This Year

The Editors | April 12, 2021 | Lifestyle Feature

This Earth Day, get outside! From outdoor art and sculpture gardens to oceanfront parks and botanical oases, here’s your ticket to Palm Beach alfresco.

Four Arts Chihuly red bulbous reeds
Dale Chihuly "Red Bulbous Reeds" (2020) is at The Society of the Four Arts through May 2.

The Society of the Four Arts

The Society of the Four Arts shines this Earth Day thanks to its plethora of gardens, including the Four Arts Botanical Gardens and the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, where artist Dale Chihuly’s works are the star of the show. On view through May 2, Fiori spotlights two of the glass master’s works—“Black and Yellow Herons” and “Red Bulbous Reeds”—for an otherworldly look at the beauty of nature. 100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach

Mounts Botanical Garden

At Palm Beach’s largest botanical garden find more that 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants across its 14 acres. In the Great Lawn, wander through Cutting Corners: A Stickwork Exhibit from acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty, whose massive willow sculpture creates a mazelike structure. For an Earth Day special, don’t miss the plant sale April 24 to 25. 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach

Town of Palm Beach Municipal Beach

A short stroll from the glitz and glam of Worth Avenue, an oceanfront respite awaits. Take in the soft swells, cerulean waters and sugar sands at Town of Palm Beach’s Municipal Beach. 300 Block of S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach

Ann Norton Seven Beings
Ann Norton's "Seven Beings" at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

The former home of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens comprise 200 species of tropical palms; 100 works by Norton shown throughout the house, studio and gardens; and nine monumental sculptures scattered across the grounds. Through May 30, view Artists At Home: Photography of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios, a look inside the world of photographer Alice Austen, furniture designer Sam Maloof and more, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For the musically inclined, enjoy the upcoming An Evening of Music & Art in the Gardens April 16. 253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach

Phipps Ocean Park

Enjoy a family barbecue at Phipps Ocean Park among the picnic tables set under the palms. After dinner, travers the boardwalks for a quiet sunset walk along this pristine stretch of beaches. This park also boasts a tennis center for a rousing game and some friendly competition. 2100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach

Pan’s Garden

Designed by SMI Landscape Architecture, Pan’s Garden takes its name from the bronze statue of Pan of Rohallion that greets guests on entrance. Spot native trees, shrubs, grasses and wild flowers—many of which are endangered—within its half-acre confines. Another can’t-miss at Pan’s Garden is the Casa Apava tile wall dating to the 1920s that was salvaged from Casa Apava estate. 386 Hibiscus Ave., Palm Beach

Photography by: Artwork © Chihuly Studio, photo by Elvio Salazar, The Society of the Four Arts; courtesy of Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens