Gardens Masters: The Making of Four Gardens – Paradise in Palm Beach

Gardens Masters: The Making of Four Gardens – Paradise in Palm Beach

Sat, Apr 9, 2022
10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Join award-winning landscape gardener Jorge Sánchez, principal partner of SMI Landscape Architecture, in partnership with John Lubischer, Claudia Visconti, and Brian Vertesch, for an intimate tour of four of their exquisite garden creations in Palm Beach, FL. SMI’s design philosophy incorporates a “botanical garden” approach—utilizing unique and interesting plant combinations—with classical European design elements to create gardens that are botanically rich, beautiful, and usable. Jorge and his partners are also known for preserving and restoring historic garden elements and landscapes.

The day will begin at Pan’s Garden, owned by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, with a brief introduction to the SMI design process, followed by a guided tour through four private gardens that exemplify the firm’s approach and philosophy. Shuttle transportation between gardens is included, as well as a copy of one of the firm’s books and a private lunch with the hosts at the final garden.

Pan's Garden, Casa Apava, Rakolta Residence, and Duck's Nest
Palm Beach, FL

Date and time
Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for this event has ended.

For more information, please contact the Garden Conservancy by telephone 845.424.6500, M-F, 9-5 Eastern, or email   

  • Duck’s Nest
    Duck’s Nest

    Duck’s Nest is the second oldest house in Palm Beach. It has been very recently renovated with great care, preserving the town’s history.

  • Rakolta Residence
    Rakolta Residence

    The Rakolta Residence is located on Everglades Island. The property is a Mediterranean structure with tropical Italianate gardens & a great view of the intracoastal.

  • Casa Apava
    Casa Apava

    Casa Apava was developed in 1919. Originally, the property consisted or over 60 acres, from the ocean to the intracoastal. Now reduced to several acres with approximately 600’ of ocean front.

  • Pan's Garden
    Pan's Garden

    A garden designed for the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach 27 years ago. The garden is the first designed native garden in the Southeast.