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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Celebrates Garden Month 2013

Thu, 02/14/2013

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Garden Month 2013 by turning a week-long tradition into a month-long celebration this March. Throughout the month, 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. Events throughout the month of March include a Free Community Day, Garden Tours, a Garden Concert featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet, activities and classes for children and adults, lectures, lunches, a Fashion Show and a Farm to Table Moonlight Dinner in the Gardens. Garden Month coincides with the Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers exhibition which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida while studying the delicate balance between man and nature. More information is available at www.cummer.org.  

Special Programming & Events

Community Day & Plant Sale
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Events Free to the Public.

Enjoy the beauty of the Cummer Gardens on a spring afternoon featuring a plant sale, live music, art-making activities and the St. Johns Riverkeeper Rain Barrel Sale. Rain barrels will be available at The Cummer as part of our partnership with St. Johns Riverkeeper. $65 per barrel or 2 for $120. Visit www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org for more details. Plant Sale vendors include Anita’s Garden Shop, Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery, Native Gardens Nursery, Philips Garden Store, Rockaway Garden Center and Trad’s Garden Center.

Community Day coincides with the launch of Weaver Free First Saturdays at The Cummer, which opens the Museum to the public for free the first Saturday of every month.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

“Native plants in Garden Design” featuring Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture and Facilities at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jake Ingram of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Free to the Public

Garden Concert featuring Noel Freidline Quintet

Friday, March 8, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Noel Freidline Quintet has developed a signature sound built upon the innovative writing and arranging of Noel Freidline; powered by masterful musicianship and an infectious enthusiasm for the music.

General Admission: Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase that evening through TreeCup Café.

Reserved Tables: Includes concert reservation and seating for 10. Limited number available. Food and beverage not included.

Members: $20; Non-members: $25

Jim Draper and Hope McMath “The Art of Gardening Within the Natural Order”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

Join local artist, Jim Draper, and Director of The Cummer, Hope McMath, for an engaging discussion about the idea of being a participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.

Free to the Public.

Andrea Wulf Lecture “The Founding Gardeners”

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 11 a.m. 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.

Luncheon immediately following in the Terry Gallery.

Book signing following the lecture in the Loggia.

Members: $65; Non-members: $70

2013 Cummer Ball & Auction

Saturday, March 16, 2013, cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing.

This black tie event is the highlight of the social season! Join us for an evening filled with art, live music by The Tangee Renee Band, fine dining and dancing. Our Live Auction will again include opportunities for patrons to support art, gardens and education programs at The Cummer.

Grand Benefactor

A Grand Benefactor reservation provides one the distinct opportunity to adopt a work of art in the Museum’s permanent collection for one year.

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

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

Patron

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

Non-member*: $550 one reservation, $1,100 per couple

*Non-member pricing includes a family membership to The Cummer.

To make your reservation online visit: www.cummer.org/2013-cummer-ball. To make your 2013 Ball reservations via credit card, please contact Kim Pomar at 904.899.6038.

Lecture: “The Olmsted Garden”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

Join Chief Curator, Holly Keris, for a discussion about the much anticipated renovation of the Olmsted Garden. This is a great opportunity to get the inside track about the project before the imminent unveiling. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.

Free to the Public.

Talks and Tea at The Cummer: The Cummer Gardens Part 1

Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Chief Curator Holly Keris will share her knowledge of the Italian and English Gardens.

Space is limited, so please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 18.

Members and Non-members: $6

Fashion Show & Luncheon

Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m. in the Terry Gallery

Preview the hottest Spring looks for men and women as Krista Eberle Boutique presents Nicole Miller and Timo Weiland. We will also display several organic or up-cycled pieces by local designers.

Members: $65; Non-members: $70

“Discovering the Layers” Gallery Discussions with Jim Draper

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 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.

Space is limited. Please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 22.

Members: Free; Non-members: Free with paid Museum admission

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lecture

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

“Living the River Friendly Life: Rain barrels, Irrigation and Fertilizers” featuring Matt Eaton, North Florida Irrigation and Jimmy Orth from St. Johns Riverkeeper.

Free to the Public.

Farm to Table Dinner

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Cummer Gardens

Join us as The Cummer hosts its first farm to table dining experience featuring locally sourced and seasonal fresh foods that will showcase some of Jacksonville’s best chefs. 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; Non-members: $160

Talks and Tea at The Cummer: The Cummer Gardens Part 2

Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 18, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Associate Director of Education Maggie Reynolds will speak about the history of the newly renovated Olmsted Garden.

Space is limited, so please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by April 15.

Members and Non-members: $6

Classes for Adults and Children

Excursion Into Wild Florida with Jim Draper

Explore natural Florida habitats with artist and environmentalist Jim Draper. Each off-site excursion will highlight scenery and places that provide inspiration. Ages 13 and up.

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willie Brown Trail – Theodore Roosevelt Area

13165 Mt. Pleasant Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225

Bring your own lunch.

Members: $100; Non-members: $115; Active Docents: $63

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

13130 Bartram Park Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32223

Bring your own lunch.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at The Cummer after the outing.

Members: $125; Non-members: $140; Active Docents: $63

Art Fundamentals: Clay Hand Building

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, and 19, 2013, 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Green Studio

Instructor Glendia Cooper specializes in vessels that are unique and decorated with illuminating colors. Participants will create at least two garden-inspired projects involving coil and slab work.

This is a three session class. All materials are provided. Ages 13 and up.

Members: $110; Non-members: $125; Active Docents: $55

Yoga in the Gardens

Saturday, March 23, Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Certified yoga instructor Brittany Simpson will lead Mind/Body Yoga in the Cummer Gardens. 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. Space is limited. Please bring your own yoga mat and a towel. 

Members: $5; Non-members: $10

Creating a Bee Friendly Garden

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1 to 2 p.m. in the Studios.

Beekeeper Karen Wassmer will 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.

Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Floral Arranging

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Studios

Instructor Ann Evans with Cypress Creative Floral Design will host an afternoon flower arranging workshop. 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.

Members: $100; Non-members: $115; Active Docents: $50

Art For Two: Ages 3 to 5, Watercolor in the Gardens!

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Students will celebrate Garden Month by painting in the Cummer Gardens.

Members: $10 for pair; Non-members: $15 for pair

Art Adventures: Ages 6 to 10, Watercolor in the Gardens!

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students will celebrate Garden Month by painting in the Cummer Gardens.

Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Drop-In Art: Ages 5 to 10

Every Tuesday, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Cost: $5 (no pre-registration required)

Ongoing Events

Artist Demonstrations

As part of a partnership with the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, several artists will be in the Gardens demonstrating watercolor and acrylic painting and pastel drawing. All artists have been selected to be part of A Brush with Nature, a plein air painting event that will be held at the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens March 21 through 23, 2013.

Saturday, March 2, 2013, Noon to 3 p.m.

Free all day.

Sunday, March 10, 2013, Noon to 3.p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, March 30, 2013, Noon to 3 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Loggia Garden Store

Featuring art, plant, gift and book sale.

Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Docent Led Garden Tours

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. during March

No reservation required, but we appreciate advance notice for large groups.

Free with Museum admission.

2013 Garden Month Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc., Chef’s Garden, Christopher and Lyssa Ball, City of Jacksonville, Coordinated Benefits Group, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., The Director’s Circle at The Cummer, John and Gina Donahoo, Jim Draper, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Duke, Elkins Constructors, Inc., Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, FOCUS Cummer, Mrs. George W. Gibbs III, Mark Grandin Events, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, ValleyCrest Landscape Management, Jim and Joan Van Vleck and Wingard Creative.  

About The Cummer Gardens

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Cummer Gardens features 1.5 acres of manicured grounds situated on Jacksonville’s St. John’s River. The unique example of early 20th century garden design features reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments and sculptures. The Cummer Gardens is home to the famous Cummer Oak, an ancient towering oak with a canopy of more than 150 feet which, at 175- to 200-years old, is estimated to be one of the oldest trees in Jacksonville.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Thu, 02/14/2013

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Garden Month 2013 by turning a week-long tradition into a month-long celebration this March. Throughout the month, 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. Events throughout the month of March include a Free Community Day, Garden Tours, a Garden Concert featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet, activities and classes for children and adults, lectures, lunches, a Fashion Show and a Farm to Table Moonlight Dinner in the Gardens. Garden Month coincides with the Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers exhibition which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida while studying the delicate balance between man and nature. More information is available at www.cummer.org.  

Special Programming & Events

Community Day & Plant Sale
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Events Free to the Public.

Enjoy the beauty of the Cummer Gardens on a spring afternoon featuring a plant sale, live music, art-making activities and the St. Johns Riverkeeper Rain Barrel Sale. Rain barrels will be available at The Cummer as part of our partnership with St. Johns Riverkeeper. $65 per barrel or 2 for $120. Visit www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org for more details. Plant Sale vendors include Anita’s Garden Shop, Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery, Native Gardens Nursery, Philips Garden Store, Rockaway Garden Center and Trad’s Garden Center.

Community Day coincides with the launch of Weaver Free First Saturdays at The Cummer, which opens the Museum to the public for free the first Saturday of every month.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

“Native plants in Garden Design” featuring Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture and Facilities at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jake Ingram of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Free to the Public

Garden Concert featuring Noel Freidline Quintet

Friday, March 8, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Noel Freidline Quintet has developed a signature sound built upon the innovative writing and arranging of Noel Freidline; powered by masterful musicianship and an infectious enthusiasm for the music.

General Admission: Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase that evening through TreeCup Café.

Reserved Tables: Includes concert reservation and seating for 10. Limited number available. Food and beverage not included.

Members: $20; Non-members: $25

Jim Draper and Hope McMath “The Art of Gardening Within the Natural Order”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

Join local artist, Jim Draper, and Director of The Cummer, Hope McMath, for an engaging discussion about the idea of being a participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.

Free to the Public.

Andrea Wulf Lecture “The Founding Gardeners”

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 11 a.m. 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.

Luncheon immediately following in the Terry Gallery.

Book signing following the lecture in the Loggia.

Members: $65; Non-members: $70

2013 Cummer Ball & Auction

Saturday, March 16, 2013, cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing.

This black tie event is the highlight of the social season! Join us for an evening filled with art, live music by The Tangee Renee Band, fine dining and dancing. Our Live Auction will again include opportunities for patrons to support art, gardens and education programs at The Cummer.

Grand Benefactor

A Grand Benefactor reservation provides one the distinct opportunity to adopt a work of art in the Museum’s permanent collection for one year.

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

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

Patron

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

Non-member*: $550 one reservation, $1,100 per couple

*Non-member pricing includes a family membership to The Cummer.

To make your reservation online visit: www.cummer.org/2013-cummer-ball. To make your 2013 Ball reservations via credit card, please contact Kim Pomar at 904.899.6038.

Lecture: “The Olmsted Garden”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

Join Chief Curator, Holly Keris, for a discussion about the much anticipated renovation of the Olmsted Garden. This is a great opportunity to get the inside track about the project before the imminent unveiling. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.

Free to the Public.

Talks and Tea at The Cummer: The Cummer Gardens Part 1

Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Chief Curator Holly Keris will share her knowledge of the Italian and English Gardens.

Space is limited, so please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 18.

Members and Non-members: $6

Fashion Show & Luncheon

Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m. in the Terry Gallery

Preview the hottest Spring looks for men and women as Krista Eberle Boutique presents Nicole Miller and Timo Weiland. We will also display several organic or up-cycled pieces by local designers.

Members: $65; Non-members: $70

“Discovering the Layers” Gallery Discussions with Jim Draper

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 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.

Space is limited. Please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 22.

Members: Free; Non-members: Free with paid Museum admission

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lecture

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

“Living the River Friendly Life: Rain barrels, Irrigation and Fertilizers” featuring Matt Eaton, North Florida Irrigation and Jimmy Orth from St. Johns Riverkeeper.

Free to the Public.

Farm to Table Dinner

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Cummer Gardens

Join us as The Cummer hosts its first farm to table dining experience featuring locally sourced and seasonal fresh foods that will showcase some of Jacksonville’s best chefs. 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; Non-members: $160

Talks and Tea at The Cummer: The Cummer Gardens Part 2

Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 18, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Associate Director of Education Maggie Reynolds will speak about the history of the newly renovated Olmsted Garden.

Space is limited, so please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by April 15.

Members and Non-members: $6

Classes for Adults and Children

Excursion Into Wild Florida with Jim Draper

Explore natural Florida habitats with artist and environmentalist Jim Draper. Each off-site excursion will highlight scenery and places that provide inspiration. Ages 13 and up.

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willie Brown Trail – Theodore Roosevelt Area

13165 Mt. Pleasant Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225

Bring your own lunch.

Members: $100; Non-members: $115; Active Docents: $63

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

13130 Bartram Park Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32223

Bring your own lunch.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at The Cummer after the outing.

Members: $125; Non-members: $140; Active Docents: $63

Art Fundamentals: Clay Hand Building

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, and 19, 2013, 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Green Studio

Instructor Glendia Cooper specializes in vessels that are unique and decorated with illuminating colors. Participants will create at least two garden-inspired projects involving coil and slab work.

This is a three session class. All materials are provided. Ages 13 and up.

Members: $110; Non-members: $125; Active Docents: $55

Yoga in the Gardens

Saturday, March 23, Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Certified yoga instructor Brittany Simpson will lead Mind/Body Yoga in the Cummer Gardens. 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. Space is limited. Please bring your own yoga mat and a towel. 

Members: $5; Non-members: $10

Creating a Bee Friendly Garden

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1 to 2 p.m. in the Studios.

Beekeeper Karen Wassmer will 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.

Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Floral Arranging

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Studios

Instructor Ann Evans with Cypress Creative Floral Design will host an afternoon flower arranging workshop. 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.

Members: $100; Non-members: $115; Active Docents: $50

Art For Two: Ages 3 to 5, Watercolor in the Gardens!

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Students will celebrate Garden Month by painting in the Cummer Gardens.

Members: $10 for pair; Non-members: $15 for pair

Art Adventures: Ages 6 to 10, Watercolor in the Gardens!

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students will celebrate Garden Month by painting in the Cummer Gardens.

Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Drop-In Art: Ages 5 to 10

Every Tuesday, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Cost: $5 (no pre-registration required)

Ongoing Events

Artist Demonstrations

As part of a partnership with the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, several artists will be in the Gardens demonstrating watercolor and acrylic painting and pastel drawing. All artists have been selected to be part of A Brush with Nature, a plein air painting event that will be held at the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens March 21 through 23, 2013.

Saturday, March 2, 2013, Noon to 3 p.m.

Free all day.

Sunday, March 10, 2013, Noon to 3.p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, March 30, 2013, Noon to 3 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Loggia Garden Store

Featuring art, plant, gift and book sale.

Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Docent Led Garden Tours

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. during March

No reservation required, but we appreciate advance notice for large groups.

Free with Museum admission.

2013 Garden Month Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc., Chef’s Garden, Christopher and Lyssa Ball, City of Jacksonville, Coordinated Benefits Group, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., The Director’s Circle at The Cummer, John and Gina Donahoo, Jim Draper, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Duke, Elkins Constructors, Inc., Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, FOCUS Cummer, Mrs. George W. Gibbs III, Mark Grandin Events, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, ValleyCrest Landscape Management, Jim and Joan Van Vleck and Wingard Creative.  

About The Cummer Gardens

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Cummer Gardens features 1.5 acres of manicured grounds situated on Jacksonville’s St. John’s River. The unique example of early 20th century garden design features reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments and sculptures. The Cummer Gardens is home to the famous Cummer Oak, an ancient towering oak with a canopy of more than 150 feet which, at 175- to 200-years old, is estimated to be one of the oldest trees in Jacksonville.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Garden Month 2013 by turning a week-long tradition into a month-long celebration this March. Throughout the month, 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. Events throughout the month of March include a Free Community Day, Garden Tours, a Garden Concert featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet, activities and classes for children and adults, lectures, lunches, a Fashion Show and a Farm to Table Moonlight Dinner in the Gardens. Garden Month coincides with the Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers exhibition which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida while studying the delicate balance between man and nature. More information is available at www.cummer.org.  

Special Programming & Events

Community Day & Plant Sale
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Events Free to the Public.

Enjoy the beauty of the Cummer Gardens on a spring afternoon featuring a plant sale, live music, art-making activities and the St. Johns Riverkeeper Rain Barrel Sale. Rain barrels will be available at The Cummer as part of our partnership with St. Johns Riverkeeper. $65 per barrel or 2 for $120. Visit www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org for more details. Plant Sale vendors include Anita’s Garden Shop, Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery, Native Gardens Nursery, Philips Garden Store, Rockaway Garden Center and Trad’s Garden Center.

Community Day coincides with the launch of Weaver Free First Saturdays at The Cummer, which opens the Museum to the public for free the first Saturday of every month.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

“Native plants in Garden Design” featuring Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture and Facilities at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jake Ingram of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Free to the Public

Garden Concert featuring Noel Freidline Quintet

Friday, March 8, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Noel Freidline Quintet has developed a signature sound built upon the innovative writing and arranging of Noel Freidline; powered by masterful musicianship and an infectious enthusiasm for the music.

General Admission: Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase that evening through TreeCup Café.

Reserved Tables: Includes concert reservation and seating for 10. Limited number available. Food and beverage not included.

Members: $20; Non-members: $25

Jim Draper and Hope McMath “The Art of Gardening Within the Natural Order”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

Join local artist, Jim Draper, and Director of The Cummer, Hope McMath, for an engaging discussion about the idea of being a participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.

Free to the Public.

Andrea Wulf Lecture “The Founding Gardeners”

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 11 a.m. 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.

Luncheon immediately following in the Terry Gallery.

Book signing following the lecture in the Loggia.

Members: $65; Non-members: $70

2013 Cummer Ball & Auction

Saturday, March 16, 2013, cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing.

This black tie event is the highlight of the social season! Join us for an evening filled with art, live music by The Tangee Renee Band, fine dining and dancing. Our Live Auction will again include opportunities for patrons to support art, gardens and education programs at The Cummer.

Grand Benefactor

A Grand Benefactor reservation provides one the distinct opportunity to adopt a work of art in the Museum’s permanent collection for one year.

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

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

Patron

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

Non-member*: $550 one reservation, $1,100 per couple

*Non-member pricing includes a family membership to The Cummer.

To make your reservation online visit: www.cummer.org/2013-cummer-ball. To make your 2013 Ball reservations via credit card, please contact Kim Pomar at 904.899.6038.

Lecture: “The Olmsted Garden”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

Join Chief Curator, Holly Keris, for a discussion about the much anticipated renovation of the Olmsted Garden. This is a great opportunity to get the inside track about the project before the imminent unveiling. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.

Free to the Public.

Talks and Tea at The Cummer: The Cummer Gardens Part 1

Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Chief Curator Holly Keris will share her knowledge of the Italian and English Gardens.

Space is limited, so please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 18.

Members and Non-members: $6

Fashion Show & Luncheon

Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m. in the Terry Gallery

Preview the hottest Spring looks for men and women as Krista Eberle Boutique presents Nicole Miller and Timo Weiland. We will also display several organic or up-cycled pieces by local designers.

Members: $65; Non-members: $70

“Discovering the Layers” Gallery Discussions with Jim Draper

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 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.

Space is limited. Please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 22.

Members: Free; Non-members: Free with paid Museum admission

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lecture

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

“Living the River Friendly Life: Rain barrels, Irrigation and Fertilizers” featuring Matt Eaton, North Florida Irrigation and Jimmy Orth from St. Johns Riverkeeper.

Free to the Public.

Farm to Table Dinner

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Cummer Gardens

Join us as The Cummer hosts its first farm to table dining experience featuring locally sourced and seasonal fresh foods that will showcase some of Jacksonville’s best chefs. 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; Non-members: $160

Talks and Tea at The Cummer: The Cummer Gardens Part 2

Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 18, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Associate Director of Education Maggie Reynolds will speak about the history of the newly renovated Olmsted Garden.

Space is limited, so please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by April 15.

Members and Non-members: $6

Classes for Adults and Children

Excursion Into Wild Florida with Jim Draper

Explore natural Florida habitats with artist and environmentalist Jim Draper. Each off-site excursion will highlight scenery and places that provide inspiration. Ages 13 and up.

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willie Brown Trail – Theodore Roosevelt Area

13165 Mt. Pleasant Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225

Bring your own lunch.

Members: $100; Non-members: $115; Active Docents: $63

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

13130 Bartram Park Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32223

Bring your own lunch.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at The Cummer after the outing.

Members: $125; Non-members: $140; Active Docents: $63

Art Fundamentals: Clay Hand Building

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, and 19, 2013, 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Green Studio

Instructor Glendia Cooper specializes in vessels that are unique and decorated with illuminating colors. Participants will create at least two garden-inspired projects involving coil and slab work.

This is a three session class. All materials are provided. Ages 13 and up.

Members: $110; Non-members: $125; Active Docents: $55

Yoga in the Gardens

Saturday, March 23, Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Certified yoga instructor Brittany Simpson will lead Mind/Body Yoga in the Cummer Gardens. 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. Space is limited. Please bring your own yoga mat and a towel. 

Members: $5; Non-members: $10

Creating a Bee Friendly Garden

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1 to 2 p.m. in the Studios.

Beekeeper Karen Wassmer will 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.

Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Floral Arranging

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Studios

Instructor Ann Evans with Cypress Creative Floral Design will host an afternoon flower arranging workshop. 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.

Members: $100; Non-members: $115; Active Docents: $50

Art For Two: Ages 3 to 5, Watercolor in the Gardens!

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Students will celebrate Garden Month by painting in the Cummer Gardens.

Members: $10 for pair; Non-members: $15 for pair

Art Adventures: Ages 6 to 10, Watercolor in the Gardens!

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students will celebrate Garden Month by painting in the Cummer Gardens.

Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Drop-In Art: Ages 5 to 10

Every Tuesday, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Cost: $5 (no pre-registration required)

Ongoing Events

Artist Demonstrations

As part of a partnership with the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, several artists will be in the Gardens demonstrating watercolor and acrylic painting and pastel drawing. All artists have been selected to be part of A Brush with Nature, a plein air painting event that will be held at the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens March 21 through 23, 2013.

Saturday, March 2, 2013, Noon to 3 p.m.

Free all day.

Sunday, March 10, 2013, Noon to 3.p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, March 30, 2013, Noon to 3 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Loggia Garden Store

Featuring art, plant, gift and book sale.

Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Docent Led Garden Tours

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. during March

No reservation required, but we appreciate advance notice for large groups.

Free with Museum admission.

2013 Garden Month Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc., Chef’s Garden, Christopher and Lyssa Ball, City of Jacksonville, Coordinated Benefits Group, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., The Director’s Circle at The Cummer, John and Gina Donahoo, Jim Draper, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Duke, Elkins Constructors, Inc., Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, FOCUS Cummer, Mrs. George W. Gibbs III, Mark Grandin Events, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, ValleyCrest Landscape Management, Jim and Joan Van Vleck and Wingard Creative.  

About The Cummer Gardens

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Cummer Gardens features 1.5 acres of manicured grounds situated on Jacksonville’s St. John’s River. The unique example of early 20th century garden design features reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments and sculptures. The Cummer Gardens is home to the famous Cummer Oak, an ancient towering oak with a canopy of more than 150 feet which, at 175- to 200-years old, is estimated to be one of the oldest trees in Jacksonville.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Thu, 02/14/2013

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Garden Month 2013 by turning a week-long tradition into a month-long celebration this March. Throughout the month, 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. Events throughout the month of March include a Free Community Day, Garden Tours, a Garden Concert featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet, activities and classes for children and adults, lectures, lunches, a Fashion Show and a Farm to Table Moonlight Dinner in the Gardens. Garden Month coincides with the Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers exhibition which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida while studying the delicate balance between man and nature. More information is available at www.cummer.org.  

Special Programming & Events

Community Day & Plant Sale
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Events Free to the Public.

Enjoy the beauty of the Cummer Gardens on a spring afternoon featuring a plant sale, live music, art-making activities and the St. Johns Riverkeeper Rain Barrel Sale. Rain barrels will be available at The Cummer as part of our partnership with St. Johns Riverkeeper. $65 per barrel or 2 for $120. Visit www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org for more details. Plant Sale vendors include Anita’s Garden Shop, Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery, Native Gardens Nursery, Philips Garden Store, Rockaway Garden Center and Trad’s Garden Center.

Community Day coincides with the launch of Weaver Free First Saturdays at The Cummer, which opens the Museum to the public for free the first Saturday of every month.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

“Native plants in Garden Design” featuring Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture and Facilities at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jake Ingram of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Free to the Public

Garden Concert featuring Noel Freidline Quintet

Friday, March 8, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Noel Freidline Quintet has developed a signature sound built upon the innovative writing and arranging of Noel Freidline; powered by masterful musicianship and an infectious enthusiasm for the music.

General Admission: Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase that evening through TreeCup Café.

Reserved Tables: Includes concert reservation and seating for 10. Limited number available. Food and beverage not included.

Members: $20; Non-members: $25

Jim Draper and Hope McMath “The Art of Gardening Within the Natural Order”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

Join local artist, Jim Draper, and Director of The Cummer, Hope McMath, for an engaging discussion about the idea of being a participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.

Free to the Public.

Andrea Wulf Lecture “The Founding Gardeners”

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 11 a.m. 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.

Luncheon immediately following in the Terry Gallery.

Book signing following the lecture in the Loggia.

Members: $65; Non-members: $70

2013 Cummer Ball & Auction

Saturday, March 16, 2013, cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing.

This black tie event is the highlight of the social season! Join us for an evening filled with art, live music by The Tangee Renee Band, fine dining and dancing. Our Live Auction will again include opportunities for patrons to support art, gardens and education programs at The Cummer.

Grand Benefactor

A Grand Benefactor reservation provides one the distinct opportunity to adopt a work of art in the Museum’s permanent collection for one year.

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

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

Patron

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

Non-member*: $550 one reservation, $1,100 per couple

*Non-member pricing includes a family membership to The Cummer.

To make your reservation online visit: www.cummer.org/2013-cummer-ball. To make your 2013 Ball reservations via credit card, please contact Kim Pomar at 904.899.6038.

Lecture: “The Olmsted Garden”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

Join Chief Curator, Holly Keris, for a discussion about the much anticipated renovation of the Olmsted Garden. This is a great opportunity to get the inside track about the project before the imminent unveiling. Seating is very limited; first come, first seated.

Free to the Public.

Talks and Tea at The Cummer: The Cummer Gardens Part 1

Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Chief Curator Holly Keris will share her knowledge of the Italian and English Gardens.

Space is limited, so please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 18.

Members and Non-members: $6

Fashion Show & Luncheon

Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m. in the Terry Gallery

Preview the hottest Spring looks for men and women as Krista Eberle Boutique presents Nicole Miller and Timo Weiland. We will also display several organic or up-cycled pieces by local designers.

Members: $65; Non-members: $70

“Discovering the Layers” Gallery Discussions with Jim Draper

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 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.

Space is limited. Please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by March 22.

Members: Free; Non-members: Free with paid Museum admission

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lecture

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium

“Living the River Friendly Life: Rain barrels, Irrigation and Fertilizers” featuring Matt Eaton, North Florida Irrigation and Jimmy Orth from St. Johns Riverkeeper.

Free to the Public.

Farm to Table Dinner

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Cummer Gardens

Join us as The Cummer hosts its first farm to table dining experience featuring locally sourced and seasonal fresh foods that will showcase some of Jacksonville’s best chefs. 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; Non-members: $160

Talks and Tea at The Cummer: The Cummer Gardens Part 2

Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 18, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Associate Director of Education Maggie Reynolds will speak about the history of the newly renovated Olmsted Garden.

Space is limited, so please call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservation by April 15.

Members and Non-members: $6

Classes for Adults and Children

Excursion Into Wild Florida with Jim Draper

Explore natural Florida habitats with artist and environmentalist Jim Draper. Each off-site excursion will highlight scenery and places that provide inspiration. Ages 13 and up.

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willie Brown Trail – Theodore Roosevelt Area

13165 Mt. Pleasant Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225

Bring your own lunch.

Members: $100; Non-members: $115; Active Docents: $63

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

13130 Bartram Park Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32223

Bring your own lunch.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at The Cummer after the outing.

Members: $125; Non-members: $140; Active Docents: $63

Art Fundamentals: Clay Hand Building

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, and 19, 2013, 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Green Studio

Instructor Glendia Cooper specializes in vessels that are unique and decorated with illuminating colors. Participants will create at least two garden-inspired projects involving coil and slab work.

This is a three session class. All materials are provided. Ages 13 and up.

Members: $110; Non-members: $125; Active Docents: $55

Yoga in the Gardens

Saturday, March 23, Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Certified yoga instructor Brittany Simpson will lead Mind/Body Yoga in the Cummer Gardens. 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. Space is limited. Please bring your own yoga mat and a towel. 

Members: $5; Non-members: $10

Creating a Bee Friendly Garden

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1 to 2 p.m. in the Studios.

Beekeeper Karen Wassmer will 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.

Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Floral Arranging

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Studios

Instructor Ann Evans with Cypress Creative Floral Design will host an afternoon flower arranging workshop. 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.

Members: $100; Non-members: $115; Active Docents: $50

Art For Two: Ages 3 to 5, Watercolor in the Gardens!

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Students will celebrate Garden Month by painting in the Cummer Gardens.

Members: $10 for pair; Non-members: $15 for pair

Art Adventures: Ages 6 to 10, Watercolor in the Gardens!

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students will celebrate Garden Month by painting in the Cummer Gardens.

Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Drop-In Art: Ages 5 to 10

Every Tuesday, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Cost: $5 (no pre-registration required)

Ongoing Events

Artist Demonstrations

As part of a partnership with the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, several artists will be in the Gardens demonstrating watercolor and acrylic painting and pastel drawing. All artists have been selected to be part of A Brush with Nature, a plein air painting event that will be held at the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens March 21 through 23, 2013.

Saturday, March 2, 2013, Noon to 3 p.m.

Free all day.

Sunday, March 10, 2013, Noon to 3.p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, March 30, 2013, Noon to 3 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Loggia Garden Store

Featuring art, plant, gift and book sale.

Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Docent Led Garden Tours

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. during March

No reservation required, but we appreciate advance notice for large groups.

Free with Museum admission.

2013 Garden Month Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc., Chef’s Garden, Christopher and Lyssa Ball, City of Jacksonville, Coordinated Benefits Group, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., The Director’s Circle at The Cummer, John and Gina Donahoo, Jim Draper, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Duke, Elkins Constructors, Inc., Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, FOCUS Cummer, Mrs. George W. Gibbs III, Mark Grandin Events, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, ValleyCrest Landscape Management, Jim and Joan Van Vleck and Wingard Creative.  

About The Cummer Gardens

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Cummer Gardens features 1.5 acres of manicured grounds situated on Jacksonville’s St. John’s River. The unique example of early 20th century garden design features reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments and sculptures. The Cummer Gardens is home to the famous Cummer Oak, an ancient towering oak with a canopy of more than 150 feet which, at 175- to 200-years old, is estimated to be one of the oldest trees in Jacksonville.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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