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Restoring McKee Botanical Garden  Vero Beach, Florida     By Leigh Fulghum

The Cathedral of Palms

cathedral.JPG (49937 bytes) Sexton and McKee commissioned The Master Plan of William Lyman Phillips, oft-called Father of Tropical Landscape Architecture. His  Cathedral of Palms, a precise planting of row upon row of hundreds of Royal Palms has over the years largely succumbed to Vero's not quite sub-tropical winter temperatures. Hence the Cathedral is a feature of the original garden which will not be restored, in favor of promoting more cold-tolerant species.

Phillips was also Landscape Architect of Florida's Fairchild and Bok Tower Gardens.

Inside the Jungle Then


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