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Garden Month Kickoff Celebration



CMA-15330 Website Updates FY15-GM Header-1 - CROPPED LONGThe Museum’s Garden Month is right around the corner. We are so excited to kick off the festivities on Saturday, March 7 in conjunction with Weaver First Saturday Free for All! Join us on the front lawn of the Museum for a plant sale loaded with local vendors. Stop by the Community First tent for your chance to participate in a super cool community-wide art project. Swing into the the St. Johns Riverkeeper tent to hear the newest information on the River, get gardenubg tips from a Master Gardener, plus learn more about native planting from the Ixia Chapter of the Native Plant Society.

Enter into the Museum (Don’t forget, admission is FREE!) to experience the newest exhibitions, Rothko to Richter and Reflections, and stop to visit your favorite pieces in our Permanent Collection galleries as well. Stop into the Cafe for brunch (make a reservation here) before grabbing a watercolor kit from the CREATE Cart to take outside and enjoy a plein air painting experience in a sunny patch of grass. Why not take a stroll through our Historic Gardens right on the St. Johns River and see what is in bloom? It’s going to be a wonderful day of celebration with live music from This Frontier Needs Heroes and Joseph Shuck!

Festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Won’t you join us?


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The Cummer Shop is Blooming for Garden Month




written by: Lisa Cronin, Visitor Services Associate

How many of you can recall the nursery rhyme Mary Mary Quite Contrary? Imagine how beautiful Mary’s garden would look today if she purchased her gardening supplies at the Cummer Shop. Enjoy pursuing the wide variety of gardening accessories on display.

  • Beautifully packaged in contemporary art envelopes Hudson Valley Seed Library offers an extensive selection of heirloom flower, herb, and vegetable seeds.
  • Go Green has stylish eco-friendly nature cards made from recycled materials perfect for sending a quick note.
  • Wondering who will tend to your potted or house plants when you’re away? Plant Nanny to the rescue! Plant Nanny uses your recycled water, wine or soda bottle to help keep your plants looking green and lush. Need gardening gloves?
  • Garden Works offers several varieties to serve your gardening needs. The Bamboo Fit collection is machine washable and breathable. These gloves have bamboo seamless liners and coated latex exterior. Maybe Deluxe Rose Pro’s gauntlet sleeve made from 100% cow grain leather are more your style. The Botanical Collection is a colorful, ultra-lightweight glove perfect for pruning delicate plants and flowers.
  • Studio M, Stephanie Burgess’s collection of art pots, bird houses and all weather art poles brings bold, beautiful, whimsical art work into your home or garden.

Here’s hoping your garden is filled with silver bells and cockle shells and pretty flowers all in a row. Happy gardening!

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New show opens tomorrow!




The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is excited to celebrate Reflections: Artful Perspectives of the St. Johns River, which features reinterpretations of pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection around the theme of the St. Johns River. Get the first look at the incredible works of Emily Arthur, Jim Draper, Doug Eng, Dave Engdahl, Sarah Crooks Flaire, Brian Frus, Tiffany Melanson, Hiromi Moneyhun, Allison Watson and Barry Wilson on February 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. during the Community Opening Celebration! Enjoy live music from Joe Shuck and artful Tapas, beer and wine available for purchase (we highly suggest you make reservations by clicking here) from the Café. This event is free and open to the public thanks to Florida Blue Free Tuesdays.

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Celebrating Rothko to Richter!



We had a wonderful evening a couple of weeks ago in celebration of the newest exhibition opening! We are so excited to have Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell here at the Museum through April 22. Hopefully these gorgeous photos, taken by Dustin Wooten, will entice you to come see this show in person!

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What’s Blooming? Camellias!




Camellia japonica

Did you know that there are over 800 types of Camellias? The Cummer Gardens are home to both the Camellia japonica and the Camellia sasanqua.

Camellia japonica blooms in the winter or early spring, and has large leaves and flowers. Camellia sasanqua blooms in the fall and has smaller, darker leaves with a smaller flower. It is also heartier and more drought-tolerent than Camellia japonica. Both are very commonly chosen by home gardeners and are not difficult to grow.

Camellia sasanqua

Camellias are native to eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalaya to east Korea and Indonesia. The plant is considered an evergreen shrub, meaning that it stays full and green all year. During most times of year, you can even find at least one or two blooms. The flowers are usually large and conspicuous, up to 6 inches in diameter. The colors vary from white through pink to red, and in a few species, yellow. The plant usually has a moderate growth rate of about a foot per year until they mature. In order for the flowers to bloom, the temperatures must drop to about 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Camellias aren’t just pretty though, they actually have a number of practical uses.

  • Camellia sinensis, or tea plant, is the most famous and is used commercially for its tea leaves.
  • Tea oil is a sweet seasoning and cooking oil that comes mostly from the seed of the Oil-seed and Japanese camellias. This is the most used cooking oil for millions of people, especially in southern China.
  • The camellia parasite, Mycella sterile, produces a metabolite used in pharmaceutical production.

Check back regularly to see what’s blooming out in the gardens!



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It’s All About Interpretation



Written By: Lisa Cronin, Visitors Services Associate

IMG_0505 (2) Abstract expression
Thought provoking

Theodoros Stamos




Ready to view the new exhibition Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell?

Step back, reflect, and interpret! IMG_0506

After viewing the exhibition stop by the Cummer Shop to view the wide variety of books, gifts, and wearable art on display. Select scarves by Pulvermacher Designs or colorful handmade fused art glass to reflect your personal style. Perhaps a book on Stella, de Kooning , Hofmann or Rothko will further immerse you into the world of painting abstraction.

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