Programs & Events

Gardenfest 2018

  • COVID-19 Update--Dear Friends, as part of the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we have closed the Museum to the public through at least April 30, and have cancel all programs during this time. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Museum soon (and often!), but until then, we encourage you to visit the Artists’ Trail, a half-mile walk around the Museum’s riverfront landscape and gardens. Check our website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to stay up-to-date about the Museum’s status and enjoy beautiful images, on-line exhibitions, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes videos. Should you need a staff member, call or email them as usual. Please stay in touch, Your FloGris Friends

June 1 through 16

Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme.


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 a Garden Luncheon and Blooms with a View.

Join us for 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.

Thank you to our GardenFest media sponsor 

GardenFest Calendar

Check out all the GardenFest events at Florence Griswold!

View GardenFest Calendar

Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16

Blooms With a View

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

Friday, June 14

Garden Luncheon

The day is devoted to celebrating all things floral with 200 garden-loving guests, beginning with Blooms with a View in the Krieble Gallery, which pairs stunning floral arrangements with key works on view from the summer exhibition. Guests will then enjoy a delicious lunch under a festive tent.







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

Tickets are $150, please RSVP early, preferably by May 24, before we reach capacity.
We do not hold reservations without payment.
Please RSVP to DeeDee at 860-434-554 x122 or

Thank you to our sponsors

And media sponsor 

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