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GardenFest

June 5 – June 14

Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme with this exciting series of events that take place in and around the Museum’s historic gardens. This annual event is a ten-day celebration of the site’s historic gardens, featuring special events, and family activities. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities for all ages and interest levels. Most events are free with Museum admission.

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Blooms with a View

June 12 – 14, 2015

Enjoy stunning flower arrangements interpreting works of art in the current exhibition. Playing off colors, lines, shapes, and subject matter, each display reflects its inspiration in masterful ways.

Enjoy stunning flower arrangements interpreting works of art in the current exhibition.

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Garden Luncheon

Friday, June 12

Funds raised by the Garden Luncheon support the stewardship and preservation of the Museum’s historic gardens and riverside landscape.

Art, music flowers, food and a few surprises!

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Friday, June 5, 9am-3pm
GardenFest Plant Sale
Join the Museum’s Garden Gang for a sale of beautiful plants and garden specimens, featuring heirloom perennials, roses, herbs, and succulents, as well as garden books and containers. Educational demonstrations by Garden Gang members throughout the day.

Saturday, June 6, 2pm
Fairies in the Garden
Maria Sangiolo, Writer and Performer
Included with Museum Admission
A three-time Parents’ Choice award-winning artist, recipient of a grant from the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism and one from the Iguana Fund from Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, Maria Sangiolo paints songs with her pen and her voice. Whether it’s under the moon singing a lullaby, in the garden building houses for fairies, by the sea watching dolphins diving or down on the farm growing and swooning for veggies, Sangiolo challenges us to be our very best and be stewards of the planet at the same time. Maria’s songs are honest, joyful, and earth-centered – all sung from her young-at-heart muse that engages her audience, both young and not so young!

Sunday, June 7, 1-4pm
GardenFest Crafts: Botanical Printmaking
Included with Museum Admission

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, June 8, 10, and 12, 1-4pm
Workshop: Watercolor Flowers from the Garden
Mary La Forge, Artist and Instructor
$100 (members $90)
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Join watercolor instructor Mary La Forge for this special GardenFest introductory course in the art of painting flowers from the garden using watercolors. Over the course of three afternoon sessions, participants will learn about color, technique, edge control, composition and how to make corrections and the biggest mistakes made in floral painting. Demonstrations, individual guidance, and critiques will be given if desired. This class is for those who love flowers and the freshness and transparency of watercolor.

Tuesday, June 9, 2pm
Lecture: Infusing the Garden with Personality
Tovah Martin, Author and Obsessed Gardener
$10 (members $8)
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You are what you eat, you dress for success, why not harness your garden as an expression of the inner you? In this interactive lecture, Martin explores how a garden can reflect your personality. She discusses ways to infuse one’s personal space with personality, panache, and punch while searching for a deeper individuality. From accessorizing a grand estate to tucking a few treasured objects into a windowsill terrarium, there’s always opportunity to follow your own drummer. Using examples from some of the finest gardens in the country and quoting from many of the most astute gardeners in the world, Martin demonstrates how to have fun and optimize your landscape. The lecture finale is a terrarium planting demonstration. A book signing of Martin’s recent publications will conclude the event.

Thursday, June 11, 2pm
Lecture: Shade Revealed: How to Garden Successfully in Low Light (Really!)

Amy Ziffer, Author and Master Gardener
$10 (members $8)
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Shade plants are not created equal! Since the early 1990s, Amy Ziffer has been experimenting to find the best shade-adapted plants for the Northeast. Shade Revealed, a talk abundantly illustrated with beautiful photography, focuses on what makes some shade plants better performers than others. She also presents a clear approach to designing your shade garden for the best chances of long-term success. A book signing of Ziffer’s The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening will conclude the event.

Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14
Blooms with a View: A Display of Art & Flowers

Included with Museum Admission
Enjoy stunning flower arrangements interpreting works of art from the All the Sea Knows: Marine Painting from the Museum of the City of New York exhibition. Playing off colors, lines, shapes, and subject matter, each display reflects its inspiration in masterful ways.

Friday, June 12, 12pm
Eighth Annual Garden Luncheon

$100
A day of art, music, flowers, food and a few surprises! Luncheon guests will gather for refreshments and music on the lawn overlooking the Lieutenant River. Seated under a festive tent on the Adrian P. Moore Garden Terrace, guests will enjoy lunch catered by Gourmet Galley followed with remarks by the Museum’s Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing on an exciting, new acquisition whose subject is Giverny, France! This important fundraiser supports the stewardship and preservation of the Museum’s historic gardens and riverside landscape. Register…

Sunday, June 14, 1-4pm
GardenFest Crafts: Painting Teeny Tiny Pots
Included with Museum Admission