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Garden Month 2013: Week 2 Schedule



Saturday, March 9 through Saturday March 16

2013 Garden Month provides many opportunities for our members and guests of all ages to explore and experience our historic gardens through exciting events, tours, lectures, classes and exhibitions.

Daily & Ongoing
During March we will have Docent led Garden Tours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m.  This tour is free with museum admission and no reservations are required.  The Docents will meet our guests in the Front Lobby to begin the tours.  We do appreciate advance notice for large groups.  Please call 904.899.6038 for more information.

Also during Garden Month our Loggia will be transformed into a Garden Store with art, plant, gift and book sales Tuesday’s from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday’s through Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the month of March, 2013.  We will have unique and fun items for garden and art lovers.

If you feel a need to get back to nature and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us, “Excursion into Wild Florida with Jim Draper” is for you!  On Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Willie Brown Trail, Jim will lead an excursion to explore this natural habitat. Bring your own lunch.  $100 for members, $115 for non-members and $63 for Active Docents. For information and reservations, please call 904.355.0630.

It’s not Garden Month without art classes!  For children ages 3-5, we have Art for Two on Saturday, March 9, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Children will celebrate Garden Month by painting in our Cummer Gardens.  Members $10 for two, non-members $15 for two. For information and reservations, please call 904.355.0630.

On Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium, local artist Jim Draper and Director Hope McMath will give lead an engaging discussion about the idea of being a participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden.  This event is free to the public. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


The Cummer is very excited to host British author Andrea Wulf on Wednesday, March 13 at 11 a.m. for a lecture in the Hixon Auditorium.  In her latest book, Founding Gardeners, award-winning historian and author Andrea Wulf looks at the lives of the founding fathers and how their attitude to plants, gardens, nature and agriculture shaped the American nation. In a unique retelling of the creation of America, Ms. Wulf will share with us how plants, politics, and personalities intertwined as never before.  A luncheon in the Terry Gallery will follow the lecture and Ms. Wulf will be available to sign her books in the Loggia Garden Store.  Members $65, non-members $70.  Please call 904.899.6038 to make your reservations.

The 2013 Cummer Ball & Auction will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight.  This black tie event will have dinner, dancing with The Tangee Renee Band and a Live Auction.  Funds raised from The Cummer Ball support The Cummer’s mission to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education.  Grand Benefactor attendees will have an opportunity to adopt a work of art in the Museum’s permanent collection for one year.  An event is planned for May 2013 to choose the piece of art. We do not mail tickets for the Ball & Auction; we check your name at the door. Please call 904.899.6038 to make your reservations.

Grand Benefactor

Member: $2,500 per couple or $1,250 for one reservation

Non-member: $2,600 per couple or $1,300 for one reservation


Member: $1,000 per couple or $500 for one reservation

Non-Member: $1,100 per couple or $550 for one reservation


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