30 years of Bainbridge in Bloom

Thanks to everyone who made Bainbridge in Bloom a success in 2018, including all the volunteers past and present! 

Bloom fans: in case you haven’t heard, the garden tour is on hiatus this year as it begins the transition from the hands of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, which has organized the event since its first year in 1989, to life as a stand-alone nonprofit organization. However, your patience will be rewarded when Bainbridge in Bloom returns, new and improved, in 2020. Thanks for 30 great years, and here’s to many more!

We kicked off the summer season with another wonderful Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour! Since 1989, the Bloom has been a seasonal favorite of island residents and visitors as well as one of AHB’s most important fundraisers. The annual event celebrated its 30th consecutive year on June 2nd and 3rd, 2018.

This year, the tour took close to 800 visitors behind the hedges and fences of six stunning island gardens. This year’s six gardens were: the European Woodland Garden; the Sophisticated Urban Garden; the Glass Art Garden; the Paradise for Plant Collectors; the Expansive Private Garden; and the Tranquil Water Sanctuary.

In addition to fabulous flora and breathtaking landscape design, each garden featured charming performances by an array of local musicians as well as the expert insights of Master Gardeners and Docents. The event benefited from the generous contributions of 18 sponsors including Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. The Filipino American Hall once again donated the use of their space as the Bloom Hub. Additionally, 13 local businesses offered a slew of Bloom-related specials and deals which proved quite popular with tour-goers. Finally, Bainbridge in Bloom wouldn’t be possible without months of tireless effort by a dedicated group of volunteers. Thanks to all the garden owners, docents, artists, musicians, volunteers, sponsors, business owners, and visitors who made Bainbridge in Bloom a success!

What has 30 years of Bainbridge in Bloom meant? It’s meant three decades of showcasing the incredible level of artistry that members of the island community bring to the craft of gardening and landscape design. Three decades of introducing visitors from around the region and across the country to the unique beauty of Bainbridge Island. Three decades of celebrating the joyful abundance of summer in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s with this legacy in mind that Arts & Humanities Bainbridge is announcing that Bainbridge in Bloom will not return for a 31st year. As our mission evolves, we’ll no longer be organizing events like the Bloom. Instead, our energy and focus will go to providing more resources and services directly to the island’s cultural sector. Our hope is that the Bloom will find a new sponsor who can guide this beloved event into a fourth decade.

Cultivate the inspiration you got from the garden tour with an extensive reading list curated by the librarians at Bainbridge Public Library. Keep your passion for great gardening blooming all season long!