A green oasis in the middle of the Four Arts Campus, The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden and Four Arts Botanical Gardens have provided a world-class garden experience to visitors of the Palm Beaches since 1938. Explore the beautiful works and wonders of renowned sculpture artists, magnificent floral paths, ponds and fountains in a tropical oasis of two distinct and unique gardens.
Per county ordinance regarding COVID-19, groups of more than 10 will not be permitted to enter the gardens. Visitors are asked to adhere to CDC guidelines while in the gardens or on The Four Arts campus, which includes the wearing of face masks or coverings while also maintaining six feet of distance from anyone outside their household.
Members, guests, and visitors are reminded that there are no public bathrooms available for use in the gardens and that the buildings at The Four Arts will remain closed until further notice in accordance with prior precautions surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.
This historic landmark is located inside the entrance gate on Four Arts Plaza, and is adjacent to the King Library and Campus on the Lake.
Four Arts Gardens Hours
Open seven days a week
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed during inclement weather
Admission is free of charge
The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden
A place of tranquility and peace, the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden includes 20 sculptures by world renowned artists, some of whom are residents of South Florida. The garden has evolved over time to become an urban oasis with numerous park-like elements. In the mid 2000s, the landscape architecture firm Morgan Wheelock, Inc. added new walkways and plantings, areas of seating, an elegant plaza, a classical garden pavilion, water fountains, and a grand lawn. Other popular features include a palm grove and four pergolas, all of which enhance the presentation of the garden’s modern and contemporary sculptures.
In the late 1960s, The Society of the Four Arts acquired three vacant lots at the corners of Royal Palm Way and Coconut Row with the intentions of creating a garden. The lots remained vacant until 1979 when the Four Arts invited Philip Hulitar, a prominent American couturier and resident of Palm Beach, to design and plan a sculpture garden. The 2.2 acre garden opened to the public in 1980 and was named in honor of Philip Hulitar in 1988.
As one of the most beautiful spots in all of Palm Beach, the Four Arts Gardens are an understandably sought after destination for both amateur and professional photographers alike. However, we ask that you please refer to our photo policy to inquire about permits and restrictions on photography within the gardens.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Diana, 1979, bronze and gilding, Four Arts Sculpture Garden
Four Arts Botanical Gardens
This lush and tropical paradise offers a respite of quiet repose from the busy activities of daily life. The Garden Club of Palm Beach manages and maintains The Four Arts Botanical Gardens. Originally designed in 1938, the Botanical Gardens are demonstration gardens that educate residents and visitors about the diversity of plants that thrive in South Florida’s climate. The gardens are divided into themed spaces that reflect popular architectural and planting styles in the area: Chinese Garden, Fragrant Moonlight Garden, Palm Garden, Bromeliad Garden, Jungle Garden, Spanish Facade Garden, Formal Garden, Tropical Garden, and Madonna Garden.
Over the years, the gardens have changed and evolved. They fell into disrepair during World War II, but Richard K. Webel, a landscape architect with the firm of Innocenti & Webel, redesigned the gardens into “small garden rooms” in the mid-1950s. Fifty years later, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne roared through Palm Beach County and Hurricane Wilma caused further damage in 2005. The Four Arts used these weather events as an opportunity to create a new vision for the Botanical Gardens by adjoining them to the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden. With the assistance of Garden Club members, landscape architect Morgan Wheelock designed a new garden that opened in 2007. To learn even more about the gardens, please contact the Garden Club of Palm Beach at (561) 837-6635.
Self-Guided Walking Tour
Explore the Sculpture Garden at your own pace on a self-guided Walking Tour. Complimentary walking tour guide pamphlets are available at the garden entrances just south of the King Library and across from the Dixon Building. The guide is also available as an easy to use web-based tour on your personal smart device at https://fourarts.oncell.com/.
Tips and Guidelines
The Four Arts Gardens are outdoor galleries and museum behavior and etiquette is expected of all guests when visiting.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Stay on the pathways for your safety as well as the safety of the plants and sculptures.
- Running and horseplay is strictly prohibited.
- Sporting activities along with bicycles, skateboards, and motorized transportation are prohibited.
- Guests are not permitted to touch any of the sculptures. This includes leaning or climbing on them.
- Please do not pick, cut, or disturb the plants, insects, and wildlife in the garden.
- Food and drink may be enjoyed in the gardens, and picnicking is allowed on the furniture.
- Please dispose of trash in the proper receptacles.
- Smoking (including e-cigarettes) and alcohol is prohibited.
- There are no water fountains or public restrooms in the gardens; please visit a nearby Four Arts building to use these facilities.
- Please do not bring pets in the gardens.