No pipe cleaner ornaments here

For some people, ’’holiday decor’’ comprises a bobblehead Rudolph and one of those Santa pens that becomes a naked Santa pen when turned upside down.


Those people do not shop at the Garden Club’s Christmas Boutique, which has rightfully earned its reputation as a real classy joint. The Lalique angel in the box of naked Santas, if you will.


Katie Alexander and Jennifer Lazzara are chairwomen of the boutique, which opens Thursday at The Society of the Four Arts.


The carefully curated — this is the Garden Club, after all — offerings include wreaths and decor, Christmas ornaments, wrapping paper and gift tags, Ohana floral scissors, handblown glass hummingbird feeders, native plants, orchids, porcelain diffusers, agate candles, tulipieres, cane wicker hurricane vases, kitchen items, place mats, cocktail- and bar-related gifts, floursack towels, rattan trays, place mats and place cards, stationery, watercolors of The Four Arts Gardens, clothing, jewelry from all over the world, accessories, assorted dog treats and accessories, handbags and footwear, backgammon boards, and children’s toys, puzzles and books.


This year’s event also will have an enhanced silent auction, chaired by Veronica Bauer and featuring ’’Experiences’’ donated by Garden Club members, including a cocktails-and-nibbles party for 20 guests in a member’s spectacular garden; a boat charter for eight including lunch made by a Garden Club member; orchid arrangements, some in hand painted cachepots; and a private garden tour.


The vendor’s area returns this year and includes Bella Tu, Caprice Decadent, Carrie Dunham, de Gorter International, Holly Stuart Home, John’s Jungle, Karen Eskesen, Kemble Interiors, Laurel’s Orchids, Lema J, Liza Byrd, Polly Reed, SEED, Smitty’s Sculptures, Supernaturals, Vernon Scott, and Voyage Boutique.


The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at Johnson Hall in The Society of the Four Arts’ Dixon Building.


Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card. The public is welcome.


All funds raised will be spent right here in town, according to Garden Club president Mary Pressly.


"Proceeds from the Garden Club of Palm Beach’s annual Christmas Boutique enable us to continue our commitment to town beautification and conservation projects, " she said.


But no Santa pens. We asked.




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