GardenFest

GardenFest Calendar
Gardens at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT

GardenFest

June 9 - June 18
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Visitors to the Museum understand immediately the site's appeal to the artists who stayed at “Miss Florence” Griswold’s boardinghouse over a century ago. Her house, gardens, and river view were favored subjects of her artistic boarders. Highlights include, Garden Luncheon Friday, June 9 and Blooms with a View June 9, 10, and 11.

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Blooms with a View 2017

June 9 - June 11
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Blooms with a View: A Display of Art and Flowers, floral artists interpret artwork - playing off colors, lines, shapes, and subject matter. Each display reflects its inspiration in masterful ways. This year, designers not only find inspiration in the works in the special exhibition, Flora/Fauna, but for the first time ever, the impressionist masterpieces

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Garden Luncheon 2017

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

You are cordially invited to Garden Luncheon at the Florence Griswold Museum
Art, music, flowers & food! Luncheon prepared by Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern Enjoy light jazz by the Tangerine Trio Guest Speaker: Curly Lieber Botanical Illustration: An Ancient Art in a Modern World

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The Botanical Art of Curly Lieber

June 9 @ 10:00 am - June 11 @ 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

The Botanical Art of Curly Lieber complements the naturalist art found in the Flora/Fauna exhibition. Some years ago, horticultural designer Curly Lieber turned her keen eye for the natural world towards the passionate study of botanical art and illustration. This small exhibit of her work exemplifies the way contemporary artists continue the pursuit of capturing nature with scientific accuracy. Lieber uses a fine brush (often with just one or two hairs) to paint as many as 30 layers of watercolor on natural calf skin vellum or paper to achieve the exquisite detail and translucency of her work. Blooms with a View and The Botanical Art of Curly Lieber are included with Museum admission.

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Family Nature Show: Colors and Patterns of the Animal Kingdom

June 10 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Animal Embassy, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Specialists Shows at 11:30am & 2:30pm The vibrant colors and patterns found in the Animal Kingdom have served as inspiration to artists throughout history. Coloration aids animal survival in their habitats by sending a warning to potential predators, attracting a mate, and regulating an animal’s temperature. Animal Embassy will

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Drop-In Event: Mini Masterpiece Pots

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Decorate small terra-cotta pots with paint, gems, and more. This event is free with Museum admission. And Visitors 12 and under are always free!

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Gardening in Early New England

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Leslie Evans, Historian and Museum Director, Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton, CT Join historian Leslie Evans for a look at plants and gardening practices from the Colonial era through the early 20th century. Topics include gardening by European colonists in the 17th century, the impact of exotic plants brought home from around the world by seafarers, and

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Gallery Talk: The Artist-Naturalist in Early America

June 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Join Curator Jenny Parsons for a talk discussing America’s pioneering artist-naturalists like William Bartram, the Peale family, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon. Learn more about their work in Philadelphia and how the study of natural history in early America was often a ‘family affair.’ This event is free with Museum admission. John James Audubon

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Drop-In Event: Father’s Day Garden Cards

June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Create a design for dad (or others) on foam before printing the image with bright inks on colorful cardstock. This event is free with Museum admission. And Visitors 12 and under are always free!

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Gardening as if the World Depends on Us

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Tovah Martin, Garden Author Worried about the world? Take action! Actually, just by being a gardener, you are already making a big difference. This lecture is filled with ideas from gardeners who rallied their acreage in backyards large and small. The results are ravishing—these gardens bristle with beauty and overflow with pride. With a trowel

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Travel Programs

Travel Programs Calendar

DAY TRIP: New York Botanical Gardens: CHIHULY

June 13 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

PLEASE NOTE: This trip is sold out.   This day trip features guided tours of
the NYBG’s summer exhibition featuring breathtaking works of art by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, his first major garden New York exhibition in a decade. CHIHULY showcases nearly 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development

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Children’s Programs

Children's Programs Calendar

Discovery Sundays

May 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Discovery Sundays

June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Family Nature Show: Colors and Patterns of the Animal Kingdom

June 10 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Animal Embassy, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Specialists Shows at 11:30am & 2:30pm The vibrant colors and patterns found in the Animal Kingdom have served as inspiration to artists throughout history. Coloration aids animal survival in their habitats by sending a warning to potential predators, attracting a mate, and regulating an animal’s temperature. Animal Embassy will

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Discovery Sundays

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Drop-In Event: Mini Masterpiece Pots

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Decorate small terra-cotta pots with paint, gems, and more. This event is free with Museum admission. And Visitors 12 and under are always free!

Find Out More »

Discovery Sundays

June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Drop-In Event: Father’s Day Garden Cards

June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Create a design for dad (or others) on foam before printing the image with bright inks on colorful cardstock. This event is free with Museum admission. And Visitors 12 and under are always free!

Find Out More »

Discovery Sundays

June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Art Colony Camp 1

June 26 @ 10:00 am - June 30 @ 3:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN FILLED. Creative kids explore the art and history of the Lyme Art Colony in their own colony of young artists at the Museum’s five-day camps. Geared for students entering grades 1-6, Art Colony Campers investigate the Museum’s art exhibitions as well as paint, play games, and more. Camps include a camp t-shirt, all art-making materials, and daily snacks. Each week culminates in a fun Art Show displaying the week of student projects for family and friends.

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Discovery Sundays

July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Adult Programs

Adult Programs Calendar

Meeting Matilda: A One-Woman Show About One Remarkable Artist

May 28 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Matilda Browne, one of the key members
of the Lyme Art Colony and the subject of
 our current exhibition, comes to life in
 this 40-minute original one-woman show developed by writer and actor Diana Dunlop for the Florence Griswold Museum. Through fun moments and touching memories of the past, Matilda shares the ups and downs of

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The Flora/Fauna Around the Florence Griswold Museum Campus

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Join experienced local conservationist Judy Preston for a circumnavigation along the edges of the 13.5 acre campus of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. Preston shares information about the flora and fauna of the micro environments as well as the larger context of the site in the lower Connecticut River estuary region. Tour begins walking

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Blooms with a View 2017

June 9 - June 11
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Blooms with a View: A Display of Art and Flowers, floral artists interpret artwork - playing off colors, lines, shapes, and subject matter. Each display reflects its inspiration in masterful ways. This year, designers not only find inspiration in the works in the special exhibition, Flora/Fauna, but for the first time ever, the impressionist masterpieces

Find Out More »

Garden Luncheon 2017

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

You are cordially invited to Garden Luncheon at the Florence Griswold Museum
Art, music, flowers & food! Luncheon prepared by Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern Enjoy light jazz by the Tangerine Trio Guest Speaker: Curly Lieber Botanical Illustration: An Ancient Art in a Modern World

Find Out More »

The Botanical Art of Curly Lieber

June 9 @ 10:00 am - June 11 @ 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

The Botanical Art of Curly Lieber complements the naturalist art found in the Flora/Fauna exhibition. Some years ago, horticultural designer Curly Lieber turned her keen eye for the natural world towards the passionate study of botanical art and illustration. This small exhibit of her work exemplifies the way contemporary artists continue the pursuit of capturing nature with scientific accuracy. Lieber uses a fine brush (often with just one or two hairs) to paint as many as 30 layers of watercolor on natural calf skin vellum or paper to achieve the exquisite detail and translucency of her work. Blooms with a View and The Botanical Art of Curly Lieber are included with Museum admission.

Find Out More »

DAY TRIP: New York Botanical Gardens: CHIHULY

June 13 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

PLEASE NOTE: This trip is sold out.   This day trip features guided tours of
the NYBG’s summer exhibition featuring breathtaking works of art by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, his first major garden New York exhibition in a decade. CHIHULY showcases nearly 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development

Find Out More »

Gardening in Early New England

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Leslie Evans, Historian and Museum Director, Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton, CT Join historian Leslie Evans for a look at plants and gardening practices from the Colonial era through the early 20th century. Topics include gardening by European colonists in the 17th century, the impact of exotic plants brought home from around the world by seafarers, and

Find Out More »

Gallery Talk: The Artist-Naturalist in Early America

June 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Join Curator Jenny Parsons for a talk discussing America’s pioneering artist-naturalists like William Bartram, the Peale family, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon. Learn more about their work in Philadelphia and how the study of natural history in early America was often a ‘family affair.’ This event is free with Museum admission. John James Audubon

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Art•Bar Happy Hour: Fabulous Faux-Painted Boxes

June 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

The Museum’s Art•Bar combines creativity with light fare and libations. Join artist Mary Avery for an evening of painting colorful decorative boxes using feathers and other graining tools to create stunning marbelizing and other faux finishes. All materials provided.

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Gardening as if the World Depends on Us

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Tovah Martin, Garden Author Worried about the world? Take action! Actually, just by being a gardener, you are already making a big difference. This lecture is filled with ideas from gardeners who rallied their acreage in backyards large and small. The results are ravishing—these gardens bristle with beauty and overflow with pride. With a trowel

Find Out More »