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Garden Month 2013: Week 4 Schedule



Saturday, March 23 through Saturday March 30

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, plants, gifts, and books on sale 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 23, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Julington Durbin Creek Preserve, Jim will lead an excursion to explore this natural habitat.  Bring your own lunch.  Wine and light hors d’oeuvre will be served at The Cummer after the outing.  Members $125, non-members $140, Active Docents $63.  Space is limited.  Ages 13 and up. For information and reservations, please call 904.355.0630.

It’s not Garden Month without art classes for children! For children ages 6-10, we have Art Adventures on Saturday, March 23, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Children will celebrate Garden Month by painting in our Cummer Gardens.  Members $10, non-members $15. For information and reservations, please call 904.355.0630.


On Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m., join us for a talk with artist Jim Draper as he explores the many layers behind his newest body of work, Feast of Flowers. Jim will begin with an idea to explore and you will discover new ways to understand Florida history, environmental aesthetics and our place within the natural order. Space is limited. Members free, Non-members free with paid Museum admission Please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 22.


On Tuesday, March 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm, please join us for a talk on Living the River Friendly Life: Rain barrels, Irrigation and Fertilizers featuring Matt Eaton, North Florida Irrigation and Jimmy Orth of St. Johns Riverkeeper.  Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.


On Wednesday, March 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., please join us as the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens hosts its first Farm to Table dining experience featuring locally sourced and seasonal fresh foods that will showcase some of Jacksonville’s best chefs. Enjoy the view of the St. Johns River as you dine in our garden. The collaboration between North Florida farms, local fisheries, artisans and some of the city’s most talented chefs will make for an unforgettable dining experience. Members: $150.00 per person, Non Members: $160.00 per person.  Please call 904.899.6038 to make your reservation.


On Thursday, March 28, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Beekeeper Karen Wassmer will give a talk on Creating a Bee Friendly Garden and share her knowledge and experience about beekeeping, plants best suited for honeybees, and creating bee-friendly gardens. Karen is an active member of the Northeast Florida Honeybee Association and Jacksonville Beekeeper Association. Ages 13 and up.  Members $10, Non-Members $15, Active Docents $5.  For information and reservations, please call 904.355.0630.


For an exciting way to experience our gardens; we are offering “Yoga in the Garden” on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Certified yoga instructor Brittany Simpson will lead “Mind/Body Yoga” in the Cummer Garden. Beginners are encouraged! This is a gentle yoga class focusing on breath awareness, alignment and balance.  This type of yoga is ideal for relaxing the mind and body while helping calm the stress and tension from daily life.  Postures and breath will release toxins from your body and leave you feeling lighter, happier and rejuvenated! Space is limited. Please bring your own towel and yoga mat.  Ages 13 and up.  Members $5, non-members $10. For information and reservations, please call 904.355.0630.


Instructor Ann Evans with Cypress Creative Floral Design will host an afternoon flower arranging workshop on Saturday, March 30 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will include all arrangement supplies, an introduction and discussions on selecting the right flowers and container, proper stem cutting, arrangement and caretaking, as well as handy tricks and expert advice. At the completion of the workshop, each student will take home the masterpiece they create.  Ages 13 and up. Members $100, Non-Members $115, Active Docents $50. For information and reservations, please call 904.355.0630.

On Saturday, March 30, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., several artists participating in “A Brush with Nature” from the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens will be in our gardens demonstrating watercolor and acrylic painting and pastel drawing from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  This event is free with paid museum admission.


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