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Garden Month 2013: Week 1 Schedule



Garden Month 2013 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.

It’s not Garden Month without art classes for children and adults.  Beginning on March 5, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Instructor Glendia Cooper will lead Art Fundamentals: Clay Hand Building.  Participants will create at least two garden inspired projects involving coil and slab work.  The class dates are March 5, 12 and 19 in our Green Studio.  Members $110, Non-members $125, Active Docents $55.  For information and reservations, please call 904.355.0630.

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.

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.

On Saturday, March 2, 2013, stop by and see us for our Community Day and Plant Sale.  The St. Johns Riverkeeper will be on site selling Rainbarrels at $65.00 per barrel or 2 for $120.00.  In addition, 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.  Admission to the museum is free all day and will have live music and studio activities.


During our Free Tuesday’s at The Cummer, The St. Johns Riverkeeper will give a talk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in our Auditorium.  Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture and Facilities at the Jacksonville Zoo and Jake Ingram of the Florida Native Plant Society will discuss native plants in garden design.  This event is free to the public.


Both music and garden enthusiasts will enjoy our Garden Concert featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The doors open at 6 p.m. so come early and find a good location to enjoy jazz and our spectacular river views! This event is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.  We also have a limited number of reserved tables for 10 (includes concert reservation, food and beverages are not included). Call 904.899.6038 to make your reservations via credit card.


Jim Draper, Willy Brown’s Marsh, 2012, oil on canvas, on loan from artist

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.


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