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Master Gardener Tour with CJ McCartney

Apr 6@11:00 am-12:00 pm

Wednesday, April 6th, 11 am
Master Gardener Tour with CJ McCartney

Please call 832-5328 for reservations.

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is the home to one of the most rare and unparalleled collections of palms and cycads in the country. Cycads are living fossils, having existed for nearly 280 million years on earth since the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. Ann Norton and her friend, Sir Peter Smithers, world-renowned botanist, landscape architect, member of British Parliament and inspiration for the character “Smithers” in the James Bond series, designed this beautiful rare tropical garden complete with over 250 different species of plants. It is indeed a rare gift to experience the monumental, silent, mysterious sculptures created in situ over a period of 15 years by Ann Norton, amongst the rare palm and cycad collection situated on the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach.

After moving to South Florida from Chicago in the late nineties, CJ McCartney underwent a shift in interests. Unfettered from her company, and now living in a subtropical climate, she began cycling and hiking natural habitats and started noticing all the wildlife that lived in and depended upon them for survival. Along with a changing philosophy from “Somebody ought to do something about that, to one day realizing that she was somebody,” she started learning how to be an effective Environmental Steward of the Natural World. Two decades later, that budding interest takes many forms. Botanizing, birding, photographing nature, speaking to community groups as well as designing/installing wildlife, native plant and wildflower gardens are just some of the ways it shows up today. As a ten-year Master Gardner, CJ continues community service with an underlying belief that – together – we can mitigate the loss of natural habitats by creating a patch or a plot of wildlife friendly yards to offer our homeless wildlife and native plants a safe and welcoming haven.

Please join us for a walking guided tour of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ rare palm and cycad garden. For the best experience, please remember to bring a hat and sunscreen.



Apr 6
11:00 am-12:00 pm
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