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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Presents the Annual Garden Week

The Cummer Council of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will host the annual Garden Week beginning Monday, March 14 through Saturday, March 19, 2011. Throughout the week, The Cummer will celebrate the historic gardens the Cummer family designed over 100 years ago and that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places with featured guest lectures, garden tours, a floral exhibition, luncheons, fashion show, unique garden items available to purchase at The Cummer Store, one of a kind jewelry creations by Lillian Ostergard, a garden concert and baked goods from Mrs. Cummer’s Tea Table.

“Celebrating the Gardens is important as it speaks to Ninah Cummer's love for beauty in the natural world,” said Kenyon Merritt, Cummer Council President. “The proceeds from this year's event are dedicated to the restoration of the Olmsted Gardens, the last piece of original Cummer family property that has yet to be completed." 

This year’s Garden Week starts off with the Petals to Paint reception on Monday, March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., where guests can enjoy a cocktail reception with live entertainment and view floral interpretations of The Cummer’s art collection by local designers. Petals to Paint costs $65 for Members and $70 for Non-members.

Join us Tuesday at 11 a.m. for the first lecture, A Conversation with Nancy Clarke: A History of Flowers at the White House, featuring pieces of White House history from 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.  The lecture and luncheon costs $65 for Members and $70 for Non-members.

On Wednesday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. Beverly Church demonstrates how to create Seasonal Celebrations with flowers in the lecture Over the Top and Down to Earth with Beverly Church. Church will also speak about her experience creating galas for major corporations and appearances on national and local television programs as an expert on entertaining. Continental coffee is followed by the lecture and costs $40 for Members and $45 for Non-members.

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.  The luncheon and fashion show costs $65 for Members and $70 for Non-members.

On Friday at 6 p.m., The Noel Freidline Quintet will perform in the historic Cummer Gardens. A Jacksonville favorite, The Quintet is known for its signature sound combining innovative arrangements with masterful musicianship and infectious enthusiasm. Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase that evening or through advanced purchase from TreeCup Café. Admission for the concert is $10 for Members and $15 for Non-members.

On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. is The Cummer’s Family Day featuring free admission, live music, a scavenger hunt and studio activities. Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can join Ellen Diamond for lunch and a day of plein aire painting in The Cummer Gardens. Reservations for the Ellen Diamond class are recommended and admission is $80 for Members and $95 for Non-members.  Learn Vermiculture: the Art of Making Compost Tea from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with Evie Pankok, the Program Assistant of the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program.  Supplies are included; admission is $5 for Members and Non-members.  For more information on these workshops or to register, please call (904) 355-0630.

Children can enjoy The Gardens on Saturday also with Art Adventures: My Digital Garden. Children, ages 6 to 12 will learn how to choose and frame their shots in The Cummer Gardens. No experience necessary, cameras not provided. Reservations are recommended, admission is $10 for Members and $15 for Non-members. For more information or to register, please call (904) 355-0630.

Ongoing events throughout Garden Week include art, plant, gift and book sales on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Mrs. Cummer’s Tea Table with delicious baked goods on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; one of a kind jewelry creations by Lillian Ostergard from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Garden Tours at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and 10:15 a.m. on Thursday.

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