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Spring into the Cummer Gardens



photo 2Celebrate the beautiful Cummer Gardens during the last few days of Garden Month by making a trip to the Gardens to see all the new spring blooms! The Wistera, Apple Blossom, Dogwood and Azaleas are gorgeous right now.

This Saturday, March 28th would be a perfect time to visit, as the Museum is participating in Garden Conservancy Day. Join us as part of the National Open Days photo 3Program. Make the Cummer Gardens the first stop on your tour of 4 additional private gardens in the Avondale neighborhood. A group of knowledgeable volunteers, led by Mary Watson, will be on hand in each garden throughout the day to answer your questions. The Cummer Gardens will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all private gardens will be open from 12 to 4 p.m.

Click here to make your reservation online or you can purchase a ticket to all the participating Gardens at the front desk of the Museum on Saturday.

This event will be held rain or shine!


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Wisteria Floribunda (Japanese wisteria) and the English Garden




Wisteria floribunda, commonly known as Japanese wisteria, is often found flourishing in the English and Olmsted Gardens in early- to mid-spring. The Japanese wisteria produces the lengthiest racemes of any wisteria, making it a truly unique asset to the Gardens. In moist soil and full sun, this species of flowering plant can grow up to 30 feet and survive over 50 years, weaving and climbing around the arbors overlooking the St. Johns River. wisteria2 The large wisteria arbor in the English Garden was built in 1910, when Mr. and Mrs. Cummer decided they needed a new infusion of advice as well as additional trees and shrubs for their grounds. They looked to an out-of-state resource, the Philadelphia nurserymen, Thomas Meehan (1826 – 1901) and Sons to bring their centerpiece to life. Mrs. Cummer’s notation on Meehan’s plan indicates that she originally called it the Wisteria Garden, but in later years it was referred to as the Azalea Garden. Today it is known as the English Garden. Family snapshots taken within a year of Meehan’s installation show the same basic design configuration that exists today – rectangular, with beautifully-laid brick paths, and Japanese wisteria entwining the cypress-beamed pergola.

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Sunday Classic Concert – March 29th



Do you have your reservation yet for the next Sunday Classic Concert on March 29th at 1:30 p.m.? Join the Museum as we host David Kalhous on piano and Benjamin Sung on violin, both Professors of Music at Florida State University, as they present works by Schubert, Janacek, Kurtag, and Beethoven.

Last year, Mr. Sung participated in a TEDx talk. Listen to how he educates the audience on listening and explains how to be more engaged in a live performance.

The concert is free with paid Museum Admission. To reserve your spot online, please click here.

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About the Artist: Thony Aiuppy



thonyaiuppyThis year for the Cummer Ball nine local artists have reinterpreted sections of Winslow Homer’s ‘White Rowboat’. This iconic piece is a very treasured work in the the Museum’s permanent collection. The pieces will be up for auction the evening of the event (April 25th). These artists have generously donated their time to the Museum to make this idea come to life we are excited to share a little about each of these extremely talented artists with you.

The artist we are choosing to highlight first is the one that got his piece turned in first out of the nine! We are happy to introduce you to Thony Aiuppy. He holds an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Painting/Drawing from the University of North Florida. He is a practicing visual artist, an art educator, and a contributing writer for the blog Metro Jacksonville. He lives in the historic Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and three children.

Enjoy this sneak peek of Thony’s contribution. He chose a brighter, more vivid color palate for his interpretation. The palm trees are layered with thick paint that makes the image pop right off the work. You can almost feel the wind blowing the fronds on the shore.

We are so excited to have him on board for this project. To see more of his work visit his website. He was also recently featured in an article from the Florida Times Union. Thank you Thony for your work on this piece and for your continued contribution to the arts community in Jacksonville!

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Set in Stone



Written By: Lisa Cronin, Visitor Services

storestone1What do the Biltmore Garden Collection, Galloway Garden Collection, and historic Charleston Collection have in common with the Cummer Museum? Your first guess might be the beautifully landscaped gardens and flowering plants. However, it is also an assortment of unique stone pieces. For the past 16 years Unique Stone has been “uniquely” beautifying gardens one stone piece at a time. Their numerous pieces are exquisite examples of old world reproductions. Did you know each finish is hand applied by skilled artisans? The Cummer shop features a variety of these pieces. Come see for yourself the assortment of birdbaths, benches, urns, and statues currently on display. Our knowledgeable shop associates will gladly assist you in selecting the perfect garden accent pieces and beautiful accessories to enhance your garden decor. Embrace Garden Month at the Cummer and be the topic of conversation at your next gathering.

“The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer Gods heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.”
Happy Gardening!

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We are continuing the celebration of the Cummer Gardens all month long! Thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and presented by Community First Credit Union, come enjoy a FREE performance from Jacksonville Dance Theatre tomorrow night. Contemporary dancers Tiffany Fish, Chelsea Hilding, Kimberly Collins, Amber Daniels and Katie McCaughan will perform “Thirst” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th in the Upper Tier of the Garden. Chairs will be available on a first come first seated basis, otherwise, there will be plenty of standing room to enjoy the show. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening for a great Cultural Fusion – Year of the River Program!

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