Photo of Patrick Griffith giving a talkOn March 10, 2012, HistoryMiami and Montgomery Botanical Center jointly hosted an Inside the Vault event showcasing the work of William Lyman Phillips and his work in South Florida and Montgomery Botanical Center. HistoryMiami and MBC brought original plans and correspondence of William Lyman Phillips from both archives for this event.

Two talks were given: One by the Chair of the FIU School of Architecture John Stuart on William Lyman Phillips South Florida landscape designs and the second talk was given by MBC Executive Director Patrick Griffith on the landscape William Lyman Phillips developed at Montgomery Botanical Center. Last year, Lee Anderson and Patrick Griffith published a paper on that subject, documenting Phillips’ work at Montgomery.

After the talks, a tour of the property was given. Guests were able to see legacy of William Lyman Phillips’ design, and the palm and cycad collections of national significance that MBC is known for.