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The Vias of Palm Beach

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My spring trip to Palm Beach was a bit shorter than anticipated, but while there I luxuriated in capturing the architecture, landscapes and gardens of this meticulously manicured island. One source that provided a delightful afternoon stroll was the Vias running east and west off South County Road, between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Here’s  a brief pictorial of some of the treasures hiding down those Vias.

You may notice that many of the images are at an angle, necessitated by the shallow lots that are fronted on the street by walls or high hedges that inhibit a photographer from shooting straight on. But if truth be told, I actually prefer this angled perspective.

Love this pink, a luscious shade that is a favorite for Mediterranean Revival houses (it is, coincidentally, also the color of the latest Parterre Bench).

Sometimes, courtyards are designed to be open and therfore, possible to be enjoyed by a passerby.

And intriguing doors beg the question, “what’s behind there?”

Garden urns make a showing…in some cases, a grand gesture…

And others serve as a graceful accent to the classical architecture of the house.

Landscape design and horticultural details abound; diagonal lines in this forecourt direct your eye to the collection of containers that play up the simple elegance of the low rise, long stone steps.

No surprise that palms are a tree of choice in Palm Beach but they provided much fascination for this Newporter. Their varied sizes and heights are taken full advantage of in planting plans; though they may actually be the same varities, the nuanced difference in designing with palms makes the most of each house’s facade.

THE close…Like the bride at the end of a French fashion show, a bronze Botera sculpture is positioned between two palm trunks in the forecourt of a friend’s home.

Thank you to all my Palm Beach friends who made my photographic sojourns and garden visits possible.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

3 thoughts on “The Vias of Palm Beach

  1. Absolutely stunning! I love where we live, but come the coldest part of winter, I’m dreaming of the days we lived in FL. I miss having greenery all year. Thank you for another lovely tour, Bettie! I have several of your garden photos on my Pinterest site over at Bobbi Duncan (bobbid25). You always have such beautiful and inspiring pictures! If you like any of my boards, I’d just love to have you follow. Hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous day.

    1. Thank you, thank you!And I’m happy to know about your Pinterest board. I’ll zip over and follow, of course. Happy Spring, Bettie

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