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Garden Week Preview



Image Credit: Pergola with Concrete and Mosaic Fountain by William Mercer, Jr., English Garden, July 2005. Photograph courtesy of Mick Hales, Greenworld Pictures Inc.

Garden Week kicks off on Monday night with the Petals to Paint reception from 6 to 8 p.m., where guests can enjoy an evening in our gardens with floral interpretations of our art collection in several galleries. Members are $65 and Non-members are $70.

On Tuesday, March 15 at 11 a.m., our speaker is former White House Chief Floral Designer Nancy Clarke, who created decorations and floral arrangements for six American Presidents and First Ladies. Enjoy a luncheon following the lecture. Members are $65 and Non-members are $70.

On Wednesday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. our speaker is New Orleans author, designer and magazine editor Beverly Church. Church demonstrates how to create Seasonal Celebrations with flowers in the lecture and will also speak about her experience creating galas for major corporations.  Members are $40 and Non-members are $45.

Join us on Thursday, March 17 at 11 a.m. for a preview of this spring’s styles at Fashion in Bloom with Linda Cunningham. Experience a New York style runway show featuring pieces from Cunningham’s Couture Spring 2011 Collection as well as some contemporary and classic sportswear. Enjoy a luncheon following the fashion show. Members are $65 and Non-members are $70.

On Friday at 6 p.m., The Noel Freidline Quintet will perform in the historic Cummer Gardens sponsored by CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Inc.  A Jacksonville favorite, The Quintet is known for its signature sound combining innovative arrangements with masterful musicianship and infectious enthusiasm. Admission for the concert is $10 for Members and $15 for Non-members.

On Saturday, March 19 we are offering several classes and are hosting a free Museum Family Day from Noon to 4 p.m.

In addition to these wonderful events, we are also offering jewelry sales by Lillian Ostergard, Garden Tours and delicious items for sale from Mrs. Cummer’s Tea Table.

The Cummer Museum Store in the Loggia will feature local artist Ellen Diamond.  The store will offer featured garden books, A Tale of Two Gardens and A Legacy in Bloom: Celebrating a Century of Gardens at The Cummer along with many unique garden items, accessories and gift ideas.

Capacity is limited. Your personal check, credit card or PayPal order is your reservation. Programs will be provided to attendees during Garden Week.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact Kim Pomar at (904) 899-6038.

Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc., Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander, American Hospice, Mrs. William E. Arnold, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball III, Sue Root Barker / Root Photography, Brady S. Johnston Perpetual Charitable Trust, CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Doherty, Jennifer Duke, Mrs. Robert Hinckley,, Monica and Bob Jacoby, Mrs. John B. Kent, Carolyn Marsh Lindsay, Mrs. Tom McKenzie, Jr., Mrs. Roxie H. Merrill, Mr. and Mrs. L. Craig Merritt, Mr. and Mrs. Alex A. Meyer, Omni Hotel Jacksonville, Mary and Jerry Pietan, Scott-McRae Group | Duval Dealers, Sight & Sounds Productions, Inc., Mrs. Bryan Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. G. Barry Skitsko, Mr. and Mrs. B. DeWitt Storm, Studio Orange Design, The Chef’s Garden, The Florida Times-Union, The Tremron Group, Joan and Jim Van Vleck and Frank and Mary Watson

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