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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.

Kenna Moser, Traverse, beeswax, vintage envelope, collage and oil paint on wood panels, 5” x 5”

Kenna Moser, Traverse, beeswax, vintage envelope, collage and oil paint on wood panels, 5” x 5”



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

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The Dance of the Natives Garden (photo: Dave Gibson)

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.

The Living Canvas - the gardens and studio of landscape painter Gayle Bard

The Living Canvas – the gardens and studio of landscape painter Gayle Bard (photo: Dave Gibson)

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.

The Landscape Melodies Garden, 2014 Bainbridge in Bloom Tour (Dave Gibson photo)
The Landscape Melodies Garden (Dave Gibson photo)

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.

Sculpted Serenity Gardens, 2014 Bainbridge in Bloom Tour (Dave Gibson photo)
Sculpted Serenity Gardens (Dave Gibson photo)

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 Moser, Beyond, beeswax, vintage letter, collage and oil paint on wood panels, 12” x 6”

Kenna Moser, Beyond, beeswax, vintage letter, collage and oil paint on wood panels, 12” x 6

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?

2014 Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour (Dave Gibson photo)

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

Become a Bloom Sponsor and be part of an island tradition.

Download Sponsorship packet here To stay apprised of all things Bloom, including the 2013 tour, email bloom@bainbridgeartshumanities.org and we’ll add you to our mailing list.

More information

Volunteer Opportunities at Bainbridge in Bloom Evening in Bloom 2013 Garden Descriptions 2013 Poster art