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Bainbridge in Bloom

Support the Arts at the 27th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour
Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, 2015
 9am – 5pm
Art by Sandy Haight,

Many visitors come to the Bloom for an insider’s view of six privately owned landscape masterpieces on Bainbridge Island. Other friends and families come to the gardens for the live music throughout the tour.

Every Bloom ticket holder contributes to the arts on Bainbridge Island. Proceeds from the garden tour support the year-round services and programs of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge.

Visitors may explore the gardens by bike or car. More information about the tour and ticket sales can be found at

With new pricing and options, this is your year to visit the Bloom!

Friend of the Arts

$175 ($75 tax deductible)

Friend of the Arts ticket holders will enjoy the flexibility of drive-yourself Bloom tour access during both days, and a four-course, locally sourced, private luncheon on one of your touring days, at a waterfront home on the south end of the island.  Transformed into a waterfront café – with access to a stunning bonus garden – this Dan Hinkley inspired garden is not available to general admission ticket holders.  Dan and specially trained garden docents will be in the garden to chat with you as well as offer plants for sale to inspire your own garden. Guests are encouraged to linger here anytime between 11-2 while enjoying the amazing views and beautiful artwork thoughtfully integrated throughout the landscape.

Patron of the Arts

$230 ($85 tax deductible)

This exclusive experience includes everything with the Friend of the Arts ticket level – two-day access to the gardens, gourmet luncheon and the bonus garden – in addition, Patrons of the Arts will enjoy an escorted group tour on Friday utilizing comfortable mini-coach bus transportation between the gardens. The escort for this very special tour will be Andy Navage, Director of Horticulture at the Bloedel Reserve. The tour ends with a private champagne reception on the Manor House Restaurant Patio.

One Day General Admission

Friday or Saturday, by bike or car

Adult = $35 / day

Early bird pricing May 15 – 31 = $30 / day

K-12 Students = $15 / day

Children 5 and under have free admission

Tickets on sale now!

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The 2015 Bloom Poster Art

Sandy Haight – Watercolor, 19″ x 14″, Reaching

Artist Statement from Sandy Haight
In the past few years I’ve focused on watercolor painting and looking at flowers up close to the point of almost abstraction in composition yet very realistic in detail.  I fill the picture plane with the flower hoping the viewer gets immersed into the landscape and pattern within and feels the wonder of the colorful world unfolding.  I’m now producing my most consistent and focused work in this transition to a fine artist from a career as an illustrator. I’ve been showing my work around the Seattle area and many of my originals will be at Island Gallery in July to correspond with the garden tour.

In 2008 I started teaching my realistic watercolor process at Bellevue College to help beginning watercolor students get control of the medium. After experimenting with various subjects for demo paintings I decided that the flower themes were my favorite and struck out to complete a dozen for a spring gallery show in 2013, and then a calendar.  I’ve kept this process going with enthusiasm, trying larger sizes and winning acceptance as a Signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, NWWS, through being juried into their requisite number shows. I’m also honored to be chosen to create the poster art for the 2016 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

You can see my Floralscapes Gallery on my web site at This site also includes galleries of my sumi work. My exhibition history and a bio are in the About section.  Please have a look!

Thank you to our 2015 Bloom Sponsors


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2014 Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour (Dave Gibson photo)

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

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Arts & Humanities Bainbridge is grateful for the support of individuals, business partners, foundations, government agencies, and special events to sustain our programs and services through the year.


Remembering the 2014 Bainbridge in Bloom Gardens

We are Arts & Humanities Bainbridge. 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 were chosen for last year’s tour each expressed the creative arts, as well as the individual owners and the beauty they planted, tended and cared for throughout the seasons

Guitarist Laura Silverstein delights garden visitors during the 2014 Bloom Garden Tour

Guitarist Laura Silverstein delights garden visitors during the 2014 Bloom Garden Tour

Highlight of last year’s Bloom were the studio and gardens of renowned landscape painter Gayle Bard. Designed with an artist’s point of view, the Living Canvas Garden illustrated composition, color, texture and tone.

Once a dense ravine filled with invasive species, the Landscape Melodies Garden was a timeless tempo of terraces with rhythmic paths and Asian-inspired bridges. The diverse planting arrangements finished on a high note: a vista view of Rich Passage.

Sculpted Serenity described three gardens seamlessly molded into the small spaces surrounding neighboring townhomes. Purposeful assemblages of peace and tranquility, those exceptional gardens defined compact creativity in an urban setting.

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

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

Century-old conifers framed the Dance of the Natives Garden. As stone pathways explored the understory, celebrating the partnering of native and ornamental plantings, a stunning water feature completed the choreography, repose in a tranquil setting.

The Midsummer Takes Center Stage Garden set the scene for shared stories with a giant beach-inspired fire pit. Lush ornamental and edible gardens lined the performance area. Further into the backdrop was “the wildspace” play area for the youngest of the cast members.

Would you like to Volunteer for the Bloom? Click here for more information!