The 26th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour opens this Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12.
The Bloom is the primary fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. BIAHC Executive Director Barbara Sacerdote described this year’s tour: “We have something for everyone in this year’s garden tour, from an awe-inspiring landscape with a vista view of Rich Passage, to gardens designed on a smaller scale, the studio and gardens of renowned painter Gayle Bard, and of course music throughout the two-day tour.”
Bard’s garden, Living Canvas Garden, is described as having been designed with an artist’s point of view. Landscape Melodies Garden features terraces and Asian-inspired bridges. Sculpted Serenity is three gardens fit into small spaces surrounding neighboring townhomes. Dance of the Natives Garden features centuries-old conifers and a water feature. The Midsummer Takes Center Stage Garden includes a giant beach-inspired firepit and a “wildspace” play area.
Locations of the gardens are kept secret until the first day of the Bloom Tour when ticketholders get the addresses.
You have a number of options for attending the tour:
Preview Day | Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $60
Preview Day tends to be a quieter experience. Preview Day tickets are good for both Friday and Saturday admission. There will be live music, master gardeners, and docents throughout the garden locations.
Bloom Patron Tour | Friday | $230
Get a chauffeured, guided tour with certified horticulturalist and arborist Andy Navage, Director of Horticulture at The Bloedel Reserve. Included are 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.
General Admission Day | Saturday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $30
There will be live music, master gardeners, and docents throughout the garden locations. Agate Pass Transportation will provide shuttles between the gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not required, but please call the bus company in advance to reserve seats. Walk-ons at the Bloom Hub or the Ferry Terminal are also welcome if space is available. Contact Agate Pass at (877) 981-2002 for reservations and more information on the shuttles.
Bike the Bloom | Friday and Saturday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $25
Bike directions and racks are available.
Bloom Garden Party | Sunday | 12 p.m. | $175
Debbi and Paul Brainerd will host the party at their Bainbridge Island waterfront home.
The Bloom Hub is at the Filipino-American Community Hall on High School Road. Tickets for Bainbridge in Bloom are available for purchase at the website as well as at Bainbridge Gardens and Bay Hay and Feed.
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Photos by Dave Gibson. Featured photo shows Dance of the Natives Garden.
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