Bainbridge in Bloom
Friday and Saturday
July 11-12, 2014
Many visitors to the Bloom come each year for the insider’s view of inspiring private gardens, others find ideas and motivation for their own plantings, and still others come to enjoy the live music throughout the tour.
Bainbridge in Bloom is a self-guided tour by either car or bicycle, however the option for a bus shuttle will also be available this year.
Provided by Agate Pass Transportation, a bus tour will be running from 10am-4pm on Saturday only. Payments are made to Agate Pass Transportation. Reservations are appreciated, please call the bus company in advance so that they may save seats for riders. Walk-ons at the Bloom Hub at the beginning of the bus tour – at 10am – are also welcome when space is available. Contact Agate Pass at 877-981-2002 for reservations and more information on the tours.
The 26th annual tour is a production of the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council. All proceeds benefit Arts & Humanities programs.
Five exquisite, private gardens
Live music throughout the tour
Extended hours in the gardens this year, 9am – 5pm
Ticket Sales and Bloom Ticket Holder check-in at the Bloom Hub,
Friday and Saturday, July 11-12
7566 NE High School Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tickets also sold at the Arts & Humanities Council offices, Bainbridge Gardens, Bay Hay & Feed
or at the Bloom Hub on the day of the event
Preview Day, Friday, July 11
The first day of the Bloom is a quieter opportunity to take the self-paced tour of the gardens. Preview Day tickets include the opportunity to return on General Admission Day.
General Admission Day, Saturday, July 12
$30/person; $25/person if purchased before May 31st
Bike the Bloom, Friday and Saturday
Bike Tickets are good for both days. Bike directions and racks available for the tour.
The Bloom Patron Tour, Friday, July 11
Leave your car behind and let us do the driving. On Friday, you will enjoy a chauffeured, guided tour with certified horticulturalist and arborist Andy Navage, Director of Horticulture at The Bloedel Reserve, plus, complimentary snacks and an elegant lunch at Greg Atkinson’s Restaurant Marche. Saturday admission is included if you wish to return on your own and revisit favorite spots. Enjoy live music, Master Gardeners and docents in the gardens both days. A portion of your Patron ticket is tax deductible, $85.
The Enchanted Garden Party, Sunday, July 13
Enjoy an enchanting afternoon in an idyllic setting. A lovely luncheon will be served, hosted by Debbi and Paul Brainerd at their beautiful Bainbridge Island waterfront home and gardens.
This Year’s Bainbridge in Bloom Gardens
We are the Arts & Humanities Council. Our mission is to create an environment on Bainbridge Island where the arts and humanities may flourish, this includes music, visual arts, dance, theatre and more. The gardens that have been chosen for this year’s tour each express the creative arts, as well as the individual owners and the beauty they plant, tend and care for throughout the seasons.
Highlight of this year’s Bloom is the studio and gardens of renowned landscape painter Gayle Bard. Designed with an artist’s point of view, the Living Canvas Garden illustrates composition, color, texture and tone.
Once a dense ravine filled with invasive species, the Landscape Melodies Garden is a timeless tempo of terraces with rhythmic paths and Asian-inspired bridges. The diverse planting arrangements finish on a high note, a vista view of Rich Passage.
Sculpted Serenity describes three gardens seamlessly molded into the small spaces surrounding neighboring townhomes. Purposeful assemblages of peace and tranquility, these exceptional gardens define compact creativity in an urban setting.
Century-old conifers frame the Dance of the Natives Garden. As stone pathways explore the understory, celebrating the partnering of native and ornamental plantings, a stunning water feature completes the choreography, repose in a tranquil setting.
The Midsummer Takes Center Stage Garden sets the scene for shared stories with a giant beach-inspired fire pit. Lush ornamental and edible gardens line the performance area. Further into the backdrop is “the wildspace” play area for the youngest of the cast members.
The 2014 Bloom Poster Art
This year, three pieces of art were chosen to represent the Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour. Whisper, Beyond, and Traverse, by local artist Kenna Moser, will be featured on the Bloom posters and other materials throughout the coming months.
Kenna’s explains that her unique paintings “begin with an antique letter/envelope and collage elements carefully cut out, then glued to a wood panel, followed by a signature layer of beeswax. The beeswax is applied hot, smoothed and buffed. Garden specimens and small figures are painted on top of the wax. The resulting paintings speak to a personal relationship with the written word and the natural environment.” To learn more about Kenna’s creative approach to this year’s Bloom artwork, visit kennamoser.com. We so appreciate Kenna, for sharing your work with the Arts & Humanities Council and the community. Thank you to all who submitted images for the 2014 Bainbridge in Bloom poster art competition.
Why Bainbridge in Bloom?
Summer brings visitors to the Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour for an assortment of reasons. Some love getting an insider’s view of the exquisite, sometimes hidden spaces that make Bainbridge such a gem. Others are passionate gardeners who seek ideas and inspiration for planting and design. Still others grab a friend and make the trip to experience the joy and fun of a reliably high-caliber garden tour on a gorgeous July afternoon. What not all patrons realize is that Bainbridge in Bloom is also the nonprofit Arts & Humanities Council’s most important annual fundraiser. We use proceeds from the garden tour for an array of purposes throughout the year:
- To engage young people in a full range of quality arts and humanities programs
- To provide professional development, support, and recognition for members of our cultural community
- To engage people beyond the island in the creative mélange that is Bainbridge