In the late 1960s, the Society of the Four Arts acquired three vacant lots at the corners of Royal Palm Way and Cocoanut 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 Palm Beach resident, 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.
A place of tranquility and peace, the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden includes 18 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.