Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Festival of the Trees


The festival of the Trees is the season’s much anticipated 10th annual event for adults and children, December 2-14 in Palm Beach Florida at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, where more than 25 trees are professional decorated each year by local designers, artist, and florists.


This was my first year at the event and decorating a tree, which was Needlepoint Design, sponsored by Mrs. J. Simpson Dean, decorated by me Katheryn De Wolfe of De Wolfe Interiors with the help of my daughter Lindsay Walker and her friend Sarah Cullison. With over 130 handmade needlepoint, cross-stitch, and antique spools decorating the tree.

This year’s event theme is Celebrating Design through the Decades, shows the changing styles of design through the decades, sponsored by Sentient Jet. From the Stone Age to the 50’s, 60’s and 80’s, it’s wonderful to see each designer’s Interpretation of what that time period was all about. Each designer tree is sponsored by local area businesses, and designers volunteer their time and talents to decorate the trees.


Automotive Design, decorated by Ronda Klien and Hermando Pizarro,  of Sweet Arrangements, sponsored by Harrison Fisher. 


The Very First Christmas, sponsored by Palm Beach Prayer Team Ministries and Wells Family Foundation. Decorated by Katherine Shenaman and Katie Torten of Katherine Shenaman Interiors.


This is Fifties Fashion, decorated by Steven Mooney of Steven Mooney Interiors. 


This is Polynesian Design, sponsored by Aristokids, Palm Beach Boys Club and Palm Beach Girls Club. Decorated by Melody Smith of Melody Smith Interiors.


The Art of Ann Norton Tree, which the artist duplicated Ann Norton’s work in miniature for the tree is sponsored by the Ann Norton Sculptor Gardens board of trustees and decorated by Isolde Koesler.

Every evening visitors will enjoy dancing, music, and theatrical performances, from local schools. There is also a wonderful light and music show on one of the many ponds in the gardens.



Uber Edison light and music display by Kevin Clark of Fuse Dog Media. This is a light and music show that is beautiful and amazing to see as it is to  hear, but you need to go see in person to see and hear how magical it is. 

The food for the opening night Gala on Friday, December 2, came from local restaurants and business and was as delicious as it was beautifully displayed.


The house and garden are located in the El Cid Historic Neighborhood of West Palm Beach, directly across from the Intracoastal Waterway, the home was designed in 1925 by well-known architect Maurice Fatio and features coquina pathways, pecky cypress ceilings, and beautiful gardens. In 1935 Norton Museum of Art founders, Ralph and Elizabeth Norton, purchased the home and selected Marion Sims Wyeth to redesign it in the Monterey Revival Style as seen today.


My daughter Lindsay Walker and I, in front of the Ann Norton house. 

In 1948, the widowed Ralph Norton married Ann Weaver, sculptor instructor at the Norton Museum, and he had a studio built for her next to the home. In 1995 the home, studio, and gardens were added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Opening night Gala was Friday, December 2nd and the children’s Gala is Sunday, December 11th, 5-7pm. If you would like to go see the Festival of the Trees you will need to hurry as these beautiful trees in all their glory will end December 14th, 2016.

For more information, you can go to or call 561-659-9464.

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Katheryn de Wolfe-Walker is a licensed Interior Designer ID#320, with 25 years’ experience. De Wolfe Interiors works in all phases of residential and commercial design from turn-key projects to hourly design consultations.


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