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Bainbridge in Bloom

Support the Arts at the 27th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour

Friday, July 10 / Saturday, July 11, 2015
 9am – 5pm

Tickets are on sale now at the Bloom Hub, Filipino American Hall, 7566 High School Rd NE, Bainbridge Island.

Online ticket sales are now closed.

If you have already purchased a General Admission or Friend of the Arts ticket, please check in with your ticket at the Bloom Hub, Filipino American Hall, 7566 High School Rd NE, Bainbridge Island. When you check in you will receive a guide to the gardens on the tour, directions for how to reach them, and a wrist band for admission to the tour sites.

Art by Sandy Haight,

Many visitors come to the Bloom for an insider’s view of six exquisite private gardens on Bainbridge Island. Some come for inspiration and others for the live music throughout the tour. Many hardy enthusiasts even ride their bikes around the circuit rather than drive to each garden. Don’t want to drive yourself? Transportation options are available through Kitsap Transit BI Ride. For more information on this option, visit their website or call 1-844-4BI-RIDE.

No matter how and why people experience the Bloom, every Bloom ticket holder contributes to the arts on Bainbridge Island. Proceeds from the garden tour support the programs and services of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge for students and teachers, both aspiring and professional artists, and more than 20 non-profit organizations on Bainbridge Island. Support the arts. Attend the Bloom!

Listen to What’s Up Bainbridge podcast for more info on Bainbridge in Bloom.

General Admission

Friday or Saturday, by bike or car

Adult = $35 / day
K-12 Students = $15 / day
Children 5 and under, free admission

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.

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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!



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2014 Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour (Dave Gibson photo)

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.

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