The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, featuring a collection of 250 species of tropical palms, lies near downtown West Palm Beach on the Intracoastal Waterway. It is an urban sanctuary featuring historic home, artist studio, exhibition galleries and rare palm and cycad gardens of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905 -1982).
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 experience of coming across Norton’s mysterious monoliths as surprises in their lush green jungle-like setting is akin to discovering another world.
Plan your visit. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is located at:
253 Barcelona Rd., West Palm Beach, 33401
For information call (561) 832-5328 or visit ansg.org
Admission: Adult $15, Senior: $10, and Child/Student: $7
What to see
The Historic Home & Gallery
The home was designed in 1925 by well-known architect Maurice Fatio and features coquina pathways, pecky cypress ceilings and beautiful gardens. The home, studio and gardens were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
The Artist Studio
Ann Norton’s works in bronze, stone and wood inhabit the studio. You are invited to see larger than life models, armatures, and studies that evolved into her monumental works in granite and brick found throughout the gardens.
The Gardens & Monumental Sculptures
The Gardens represent Ann’s commitment to conservation and the preservation of a quiet retreat in the midst of a burgeoning city. The Gardens’ assemblage of over 250 rare palm species, cycads and unusual tropicals is recognized as one of the largest public collections in Florida.
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is devoted to exhibiting works of other artists, preserving the founder’s studio and displaying her monumental sculptures in a secluded urban preserve where a notable collection of rare palms is continually being developed.
Contours in Metal: Sculpture by Gino Miles (now through June 30, 2019)
Miles’s large-scale sculptures are prominently featured in many permanent and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.