Good Work, Gents

Gentlemen of the Garden

20 years later, $1 million in donations.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The Gentlemen of The Garden has reached the $1 million mark in giving and plans a tribute to its members Feb. 28, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.

The 20-year-old organization, known for its irreverence, has contributed to numerous community organizations, including the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Grassy Waters Preserve, The Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Mounts Botanical Gardens, The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, several area schools and countless other groups.

The group was founded by the late Jim Butler and began with about 20 of his friends. Now, the Gentlemen of the Garden is comprised of about 100 men and two honorary women members. Their philanthropic enterprises have sometimes been out of the ordinary, but always extraordinary with fundraising highlights including a very popular calendar showing many of its members posing in the nude with strategically placed garden foliage, the highly acclaimed Devil’s Night and an annual GOG ball.

The primary mission of group is to support local “greenscape projects” and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens at 2051 South Flagler Drive, in West Palm Beach, a cultural institution that was never endowed with a source of ongoing funding.

“Ann Norton’s palm collection was the second largest in Florida, and Jim Butler wanted to help his wife, Veronica, a landscape architect, restore the forgotten garden by raising funds through a group of friends and local notables,” said Jay Hoker, a member for 17 years.

For more information, call (561) 746-4484 or e-mail

The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo by Lucien Capehart Photography.

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