The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Celebrates Garden Week March 12-17, 2012

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Northeast Florida's largest fine arts museum, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, presents its annual Garden Week from March 12 through 17 at its historic riverfront gardens in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Garden Week, an annual tradition at the museum's historic riverfront gardens for 17 years, will be held Monday, March 12 through Saturday, March 17, 2012. This year's Garden Week coincides with the much anticipated Impressionism and Post Impressionism from the High Museum of Art exhibit where visitors can see works by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and other well-known artists, many of whom were inspired by en plein air (open air/out of doors) painting. More information is available at

Special Programming & Events

Cummer Garden Tours: An opportunity to join Master Gardeners and Cummer docents for a guided tour of the historic Cummer Gardens, including learning about the plants used in the gardens and the history of the Cummer family. Tours are available Tuesday, March 13 at 10:15 a.m.and 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 14 at 11:30 a.m.; Thursday, March 15 at 10:15 a.m.

Petals to Paint Opening Night Reception: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 6 to 8 p.m.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served in the gardens, and stunning floral interpretations of The Cummer's art collection by local designers are on display in the Museum galleries. Floral Designers: Susan Doherty, Floriade Florist, Bill Gardner, Liz Stewart, Becky Wachholz and Irene Woodworth. This event is complementary to our Ponce de Leon Society members. Pricing is $65 for Members and $70 for Non-members.
Speaker James Farmer: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11 a.m. 

A leading Southern landscape designer, James Farmer combines his farm education and academic education with his love for cooking and entertaining. Pricing is $65 for Members and $70 for Non-members.

Speaker Justin Martin: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.

Author of Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, Justin Martin will discuss Olmsted’s historical influences throughout our nation. This lecture is free complimentary to the community.
Speaker Charles Birnbaum: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 9.30 a.m.

The Founder and President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Charles Birnbaum will speak on cultural landscape stewardship and preservation, highlighting connections to Cummer architectural design. Pricing is $45 for Members and $50 for Non-members.
Etcetera Fashion Show and Luncheon: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11 a.m.

A fashion show presented by Etcetera and with the luncheon to follow. Pricing is $65 for Members and $70 for Non-members.
Garden Concert featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 7 to 9 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for this outdoor concert. Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages. Pricing is $20 for Members and $25 for Non-members.
Museum Community Day: Saturday, March 17, 2012

Free admission to the Museum from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy the beauty of The Cummer Gardens on a spring afternoon featuring live music and studio activities. 

2012 Garden Week Sponsors 

Olmsted: Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball III, Mr. and Mrs. James V. E. Bent, Carolyn Marsh Lindsay, Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton III, Mr. and Mrs. Richey Smith, Jim and Joan Van Vleck.
Cummer Oak: Agility Press, Inc., Monica and Bob Jacoby, Marty Jones, The Holmes Organisation of Florida, Private Client Group, Scott-McRae Group | Duval Dealers, TIFFANY & Co., ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance
Cypress: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander, Mrs. Edward W. Lane, Jr., Mrs. L. Craig Merritt, Mr. & Mrs. Russell B. Newton, Jr., Jerry and Mary Pietan, The Winston Family Foundation

Azalea: Vicky and Charlie Commander

Wisteria: Mrs. Robert Hinckley and Mrs. B. DeWitt Storm

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.

About The Cummer

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 113,500 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve and adults and children of all abilities. For more information, including hours, visit

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Photo Credit: Mick Hales, Fountain, recast in 2001 by Marble Studio Stagetti in Pietrasanta, Italy, April 2004. Photograph courtesy of Mick Hales, Greenworld Pictures Inc.

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